2,100 march in Sunday demonstration

According to organizers, about 2,100 people marched around the MCAS Futenma on Sunday, to protest the government’s plan to relocate the base to Henoko.

At times heavy rainfall dampened the enthusiasm of the demonstrators who had come mostly from other parts of the nation and chanted anti base slogans, such as “We oppose a new base in Henoko” and “Remove the Osprey!”

After the march, the protesters held a rally in Ginowan to mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese administration.

At the rally the demonstrators adopted a resolution stating they oppose the plans of the Japanese and U.S. governments to strengthen U.S. military bases on Okinawa and demand a drastic revision of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement.

The Sunday demonstration was a culmination of a three-day march that had started in Henoko on Friday. According to organizers, the march and demonstrations drew altogether about 5,000 people.

  • Matt

    If you don’t want it moved to Nago ( which was agreed upon over ten YEARS ago, then it will stay right in the middle of Ginowan. Do you want THAT ?! Make up your mind. Otherwise, you better start learning to speak CHINESE, because THAT’s why the US Military has BEEN in Okinawa for over SIXTY YEARS, and I believe the OLDER people KNOW that. So DECIDE.

    • Excuse me

      When Japan spends $3.2 billion/yr for US military I don’t think they are leaving. Don’t underestimate Japan, remember how Japan was before 1945? They have realized that war produces nothing better focus on tech and development (US national debt is growing insanely/quaterly). Japanese Kanji are 1/2 Chinese so I think its easier for Japanese people to learn Chinese than English.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/15/opinion/kato-the-battle-of-the-okinawans.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=3

      Remember Okinawan people has problem with Futenma only (not with Kadena/foster/Courtney). Relocating to north is okay but again read this article. You sure you wanna destroy this habitat?

      http://www.okinawaiken.org/washingtonpost/

    • Excuse me

      correction: $3.6 billion (FY 2013)