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Okinawa Sit-in Protest against U.S. Base Relocation Marks 10 Years

Okinawa Sit-in Protest against U.S. Base Relocation Marks 10 Years

   Nago, Okinawa Pref., July 6 (Jiji Press)--Ahead of Sunday, which marks 10 years since the start of a sit-in protest against a U.S. base relocation to the Henoko coastal area in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, about 1,200 people participated in a rally on Saturday to oppose the base relocation, according to its organizers.
   The sit-in protest began in front of the gate of U.S. Camp Schwab in Nago on July 7, 2014, before a drilling survey off the coast of Henoko, in hopes of preventing construction materials from being brought in.
   But the project is underway to build a new U.S. facility there to take over the functions of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan, another Okinawa city.
   Saturday's rally was organized by a coalition of civic groups called "All Okinawa Kaigi." Participants formed a "human chain" along the fences of Camp Schwab, shouting, "Stop the landfilling."
   They also protested a series of recent sexual assault cases involving U.S troops in the prefecture.

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