Confrontation on ocean off Henoko coast continues

The confrontation between the Japan Coast Guard and protesters on boats and canoes continues offshore of the coast of Henoko.

According to local press reports, the coast guard towed 13 boats with 19 protesters about four kilometers offshore on Feb. 3, and released them. Protesters claim that some coast guard members jumped into the ocean in order to grab protesters’ boats, causing some of the demonstrators to fall overboard. They also say that sometimes the coast guard’s inflatable boats push the protesters’ canoes or officers of the coast guard jump into canoes causing them to capsize.

In front of the gate of Camp Schwab, a woman in her 60s was slightly injured on her head and right hand in a scuffle with police, requiring a week to heal.