Sunday, June 19, 2016

Huge Protest of U.S. Military Presence In Okinawa

Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on the Japanese island of Okinawa on June 19 to protest against the U.S. military presence there, BBC reports.

The protesters are angry after a former U.S. Marine employed as a civilian worker was arrested over the rape and murder of a local 20-year-old woman.

The demonstrators also called for the scrapping of plans by Washington and Tokyo to move a major U.S. Marine facility in the center of the island to a more remote area. The case has intensified longstanding opposition to the military bases, which house 26,000 U.S. troops on Okinawa and are a part of the U.S.-Japan security alliance.

1 comment:

  1. NBC did run a story on it but only after a story on a rape by sports star at Vanderbilt and showed a not completely full smallish stadium and Japanese holding signs in japanese so not particulary important then, perhaps.