On November 14, we gathered together earlier than usual to protest against the arrival of a salvage barge transporting stones that departed from Oku fishing port in Kunigami village a day before. These stones had as much volume as 50 dump trucks and would be delivered to the truck yard from the seawall named K9 at Oura bay.

Because of the bad weather, members of Henoko Blue (our canoe team) also boarded the boat to protest against the large ship approaching the K9 seawall at Oura bay.

Suddenly, the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) undertook a serious illegal offense. Two JCG officers jumped into our boat even though it was already filled with the legal maximum limit of passengers. The JCG’s role is to ensure safety at sea, but they themselves threatened the safety of citizens in order to help the construction work…!

As a result, guarded by JCG, the salvage barge came alongside the K9 seawall, and lots of dump trucks carried out stones from that salvage barge to the truck yard.

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In the afternoon, at the Henoko side, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) expanded an oil-fence. Originally these oil-fences and floating buoys were only permitted to be put on the sites of the boring survey, but now the ODB uses them for the embankment site too. It seems like there are no rules here…

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And another seawall named N5, on the southwest side of Cape Henoko bounded by this oil-fence, seems like 30 meters long from the beach already. The construction work is progressing faster, because the site is a sandy beach and reef with shallow water.
The rock reef teeming with small fish must have been landfilled already. What happened to the fish…?

Let’s stop this landfill, and construction of new military base.
Let’s protect this life together.

November 14, 2017

Original post (Japanese)
English translation by M.N.

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