The Okinawans demand to withdraw the U.S. military from their Islands.
On the Japanese island of Okinawa to protest against plans for the transfer of the U.S. base came about 70 thousand people, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.
The dissatisfaction of local residents caused by the plans to transfer aviodrome US military base on Okinawa to another area of the Prefecture. The protesters insist on the withdrawal of us military from the island.
In the beginning of the action the participants observed a minute of silence in memory of the deceased Governor of the Prefecture, Takeshi Unagi, who died August 8, 67 year life.
He became known thanks to the long struggle for the withdrawal of US military base from the island. In particular, the Unagi was against the idea of the government on the transfer of the U.S. military airfield in the coastal part of the island.
The rally was attended by the leadership of the Prefecture, including the acting head of the region, Kiichiro Ahana. He confirmed that the government of Okinawa will continue to seek the withdrawal of military bases from the island.
The decision to postpone airfield military base is due to the fact that now his runway is located in a densely populated area of the island. As a result, any air incident occurring in the course of operation of the base, are a threat to local residents.
So, on June 11 at the air base crashed fighter USAF F-15. Because of some problems the fighter pilot ejected, and then the uncontrollable aircraft crashed South of Naha.
After several such incidents, the authorities of Okinawa this summer demanded an end to the military flights over the island.
At the end of June near the construction zone of the new airport was carried out to protest. The locals used boats and small craft, to break through to the construction site, located on the shore. Some of the protesters were arrested.