The protesters sing a song titled Give Us Back Okinawa
The night of January 10th, the Okinawa Defense Bureau suddenly restarted the construction work in Henoko. At 10PM the ODB deployed over 100 riot cops from the Okinawa State Police in order to protect their route to transport heavy machinery and building supplies into the Camp Schwab of the U.S. Marine Corps.
We condemn ODB’s sneak attack on the Okinawan people and their ongoing repressive measure to silence people through the use of police force.
The people are sitting, standing and blockading to delay the work, battling the cold wind and rain. People are on the ground and in the sea. Please support their efforts by spreading the word, emailing and calling the offices (list of numbers below).
If you can go to Henoko, HERE IS THE TRAVELING DIRECTIONS. Safe travels!
If you cannot be there, here’s a list of things you can do, via local group Project Disagree
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!
Okinawa Defense Bureau
Fax : (+81)-98-921-8168
Ministry of Defense, Japan
Cabinet Secretariat, Japan
US Embassy in Tokyo
Caroline Kennedy, US Ambassador to Japan
John McCain, Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee
PROTECT OKINAWA’s SEA, FOREST and PEOPLE, NOT the BASES! STOP POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST PEOPLE!
Okinawa State Police
Complains: (+81)-98-863-9110 (24hrs.)
“SUPPORT THE GOVERNOR: POSTCARD CAMPAIGN TO SAVE HENOKO & OURA BAY” is an ongoing grassroots campaign whereby Okinawans are sending postcards to Governor Nakaima to demonstrate their support for his goal to save Henoko & Oura Bay. This beautiful and beloved eco-region situated in a quiet part of northern Okinawa’s coastline is a thriving biodiverse habitat of Okinawa’s critically endangered dugongs and other unique (including newly discovered) marine wildlife. It is adjacent to the subtropical rainforest of Yanbaru .
Now is the final stage of Okinawa’s struggle for Henoko & Oura Bay. the US and Japanese governments are pushing forward their plan to construct a massive US military base there with force. Last March, Okinawa Defense Bureau (Japan Defense Ministry office in Okinawa) submitted to Okinawa prefecture their application for reclamation of the sea off Henoko, while all 41 municipalities in Okinawa and the Governor oppose the plan. The Abe administration is now putting strong pressure on the Governor, so we should support him. To express our support, we encourage you to write the Governor a postcard.
Please write him: “We support you ! “ “No More Bases ! ” “Save Henoko!” “Save Okinawa Dugong” “Stay strong”
Govenor Hirokazu Nakaima
Okinawa, 900-8570 Japan
When you write to him, please take a photo of your postcard and email it to okinawaor[at]gmail.com. We will upload it on our blog.
“The mountains and the sea are connected – No to the landfill.”
“Please take are of your health, save the sea of Henoko!”
“For the future generations”