It’s Sunday.

Because the construction workers are off work, we take time off from protesting.

We spend time with our families, chat with friends, read books. We work hard to protect our everyday lives. But Sundays are reserved for rest.

That’s probably true of the construction workers, too. Many of them are working to support their families.

On Sunday, March 6, a ship loaded with silt curtains entered Oura Bay early in the morning. Was it because they knew we were taking the day off?

Many ships in the past have come into Oura Bay at the strike of dawn in violation of an agreement to limit construction-related work to between one hour after dawn to one hour before dusk in order to protect the dugong.

Surveys have shown that dugong come to the coast off a nearby community called Kayo, but no longer to Henoko or Oura Bay.

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It’s believed that one cargo ship, one barge, and two spud barges came to Henoko on March 6.

(Correction: We initially blogged that a dredger had been among the ships to come into Oura Bay, but that information appears to have been wrong. We regret the error.)

Not only that, but sea marks that allow ships to navigate safely are said to have been removed that day as well.

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Common terns were often found resting on the sea marks in this area in the summer. Now the birds’ rest stops are gone…

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What in the world is going to happen to this sea? Concrete blocks were dropped into the water in 2015. Meanwhile, there are lives that exist in and depend on Oura Bay.

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It’s frightening to think what tomorrow will bring. But unless we raise our voices now, there will be irreversible damage. That’s why we do what we do.

We realize there are many people who want to come to Okinawa but can’t. What you can do, though, is to maintain your interest in and concern for Henoko. We will do as much as we can to keep you informed.

March 19, 2017

Original post (Japanese)
English translation by C.K.

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