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OKINAWA UPDATE/ Feb. 1, 2017

OKINAWA UPDATE/ Feb. 1, 2017
What's going on in Okinawa...
#FreeOkinawaProtesters: your urgent action needed!

At least three protesters are detained in an unusual long period of more than three months without bail for the protest action against construction of U.S. military bases in Henoko and Takae, Okinawa.

One of them is Yamashiro Hiroji, the Chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, only whose name is covering in media because our movement protect individual protesters in anonymity.

We call to your action to protest and claim to release all our protesters in Okinawa!

What you can do from your place:
- Write a letter!
- Upload/ tweet a picture of solidarity!
- Respond these actions called by the global organizations!
[Amnesty International]
Urgent Action: Prominent Peace Activist Detained Without Bail (Japan: UA 23/17)

In solidarity with peaceful protest against US military construction in Okinawa and requesting the release of Hiroji Yamashiro

[Reference articles]
Anna Fifield, "Fierce opponent of U.S. military bases in Okinawa detained for three months,” Washington Post, Jan. 20, 2017.

Lawrence Repeta, "The silencing of an anti-U.S. base protester in Okinawa,” Japan Times, Jan 4, 2017.

Okinawa Times, one of the local news paper summarized how the situation has developed. (Only in Japanese)

About our protest action inTAKAE in last year, you can see some pictures at the following site.

From the beginning of this year, JP government has resumed the construction in HENOKO.