December 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Participants yelling “We will not accept unjust civilian oppressions by the Abe administration” in chorus at the public square in Naha on December 8 at 6:50 p.m.
Protests against the construction of the new military base in Henoko of Nago City and the construction of a helipad in Takae of Higashi Village have been ongoing. One such protest, namely “The Emergency Rally Against Unjust Civilian Oppressions by the Abe Administration,” which protests against the arrest of people such as Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, took place at the public square in Naha. More than 500 people participated. Following the rally, participants marched down Kokusai (International) Street and shouted, “It’s an unjust arrest just to serve as an example to others” and “We will not bow down to oppression.”
Okinawa Peace Movement Center Vice Chairman Mio Nakamura, who is also an assemblywoman of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, emphasized people’s resolve. She said, “Our resolve, which is the will of the people, will not waver under oppression. The Abe administration has just declared war since it is clear that it is willing to do anything to push forward with the national policy.”
(English translation by T&TC and Chelsea Ashimine)
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英文へ→Unjust oppressions are unacceptable: more than 500 people march during an emergency rally