Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hundreds gather to protest against Henoko relocation of US air base

In solidarity with Okinawa, more than 500 people gathered in Tokyo on Jan. 29 to express opposition against the relocation of US Air Base. ASHITOMI Hiroshi and YAMASHIRO Hiroji , who protest against the US bases in Okinawa, said that more bases are being built to create a country that can wage war. Their words meant a strong support toward the anti-war movement as well as severe criticism against the mainland “Yamato” Japan.
 Okinawa prefectural assembly reached an agreement to demand the resignation of its governor on Jan. 10 for the first time in post-war Japan. Nago citizens rejected bribe and intimidation of the central government on Jan. 19 and chose INAMINE Susumu, who opposes the relocation, as their mayor. It was the clear message from the Okinawa citizens. However, the struggles against Abe administration that tries to force build a new base in Henoko are entering a new phase. (By Shinya)
Photo: ASHIZAWA Reiko, an emcee of the rally, introduces the “Ryukyu Shimpo” Okinawa daily with news report of Inamine’s appointment as Nago mayor. 


1 月29日、東京・お茶の水の全電通会館で「辺野古新基地建設反対1・29集会」が開かれた。沖縄で基地建設に反対している安次富浩さんと山城博治さんを招 き、戦争のできる国を目指す基地造りが進んでいる現状と闘いの報告があった。それは同時に、ヤマトに対する痛烈な批判と戦争を起こさせない運動への力強い 激励であった。1月10日沖縄県議会は、復帰後初めて知事辞任要求を可決した。そして19日の名護市民は、露骨な金と脅しをはね返し、基地移設に反対する 稲嶺氏を大差で市長に選んだ。沖縄県民の意思は明確だ。それでも辺野古新基地建設を強行しようとする安倍政権との闘いは、新たな段階を迎えている。この日 の集会は、立ち見も出る500名を超える参加者が詰めかけ、会場が溢れた。(shinya)

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