Sunday, June 19, 2016

Thousands On Okinawa Protest The U.S. Military Presence On The Island

New York Times: At Okinawa Protest, Thousands Call for Removal of U.S. Bases

TOKYO — Tens of thousands of people on the Japanese island of Okinawa gathered on Sunday to demand the removal of American military bases in what organizers said was the largest demonstration against the United States presence there in two decades.

The protest, in Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, was billed as a memorial for a 20-year-old woman who was found dead last month. A United States Marine veteran who was working as a civilian contractor on the island has been arrested in connection with the killing, prompting a public outcry.

Organizers said that 65,000 people attended the Sunday protest. That would make it the largest demonstration since 1995, when two American Marines and a Navy sailor were arrested over the rape of a 12-year-old girl, an episode that shook the tight military alliance between the United States and Japan and is still bitterly remembered by many Okinawans.

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More News On Today's Protests On Okinawa

Massive Protest on Okinawa Opposes US Military After Killing -- AP
Thousands protest U.S. bases on Okinawa after Japan woman's murder -- Reuters
Protesters Rally Against US Military on Okinawa -- AFP
Tens of thousands gather to protest US military presence on Japanese island -- FOX News
Protesters gather for anti-US military rally in Okinawa -- BBC
Japan’s Okinawa Sees Massive Protests Against US Military Bases After Woman’s Murder -- IBTimes
Thousands protest US military presence on Okinawa -- DW
Thousands protest at US bases on Okinawa after Japanese woman's murder -- The Guardian
One of biggest protests in 2 decades: Over 50,000 Okinawans gather for anti-US military rally -- RT
PHOTOS: Thousands Protest Against U.S. Military Presence In Okinawa, Japan -- NPR

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