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Okinawa City Assembly demands curfew, other steps

Date Posted: 2001-07-28

Responding to recent incidents of U.S. servicemen breaking property and setting cars on fire, the Okinawa City Assembly held a special session Wednesday morning, and passed a resolution demanding several changes in the way American servicemen are treated. The assembly also decided to lodge an official protest over the incidents. A clear majority of the assembly members voted for the resolutions.

Regarding the incidents, the proposal states that the continuing incidents show how US military thinks about Okinawa; they consider themselves an occupying force and show disrespect to local people, their property and customs. It also blasts how ineffective the U.S. military are trying to discipline their members. The resolution makes several demands, including a curfew prohibiting service members from going outside the bases after midnight. It demands immediate and just compensation for victims, and a complete revision of the Japan - US Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). It also demands reorganizing and downsizing of the bases.

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