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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Henoko protesters arrested by US Marines released after 35 hours detention
On February 22nd, the
leader of the protest action against the construction of US base in Henoko,
Okinawa, was arrested. During a rally in front of the gate of US Marine Camp
Schwab, YAMASHIRO Hiroji, the Director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center,
was dragged into the camp by security guards employed by the US military. He
was arrested together with another protester in violation of the Act on Special
Measures Concerning Criminal Cases and handed over to Nago Police. This was the
first time that the Act was applied to Henoko protesters.
There was an immediate protest
action against Camp Schwab and Nago Police. After 35 hours of detention, the
two detainees were freed from the police station. Just after the release,
Yamashiro told, “ It was a groundless arrest. The US military was afraid of the
rally to be held that day”. Photo:YAMASHIRO Hiroji after his release (Okinawa Times)