Governor plans to attend rally on August 12

Governor plans to attend rally on August 12

All Okinawa Council members lining up at the press conference. From left, Ai Tamaki, Suzuyo Takazato, Ryuji Yamamoto, and Katsuta Higa

July 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The All Okinawa Council, which stands against the new Henoko military base held a press conference on July 11 in Naha City to announce its plans for a rally for Okinawan people on August 12. The number of participants is anticipated to be around 30,000 people.

The rally is planned to start from 2PM at the Ohnoyama athletics stadium. Governor Onaga is also said to be considering joining the rally. Exective director Ryuji Yamamoto said, “we will continue our full support for the govenor’s lawsuit for suspending the construction until the case wins at court. As there will be a case filed next week, we see this rally as a clear signal of our determination to stop the illegal construction through legal action.”

Co-organizer, Suzuyo Takazato, said, “the country has been forcefully conducting construction work, but we would like to make sure that the people of Okinawa never give up. We would like to share our feeling widely and support the governor.”

The All Okinawa Council will make a second visit to California from August 16 to 24. The group will visit the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and local Okinawan communities as well as politicians to promote understanding about the current situations in Okinawa.

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)

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