* Image source: Ten Thousand Things (Photo: PressTV)
* Image source: Okinawa Times
* Informed by Satoko Norimatsu and Kyle Kajihiro on May 16, 2010
I wanted to share this moving video footage of the "Human Chain Action"
on 16th. See the right side bar. It is in Japanese, but all
self-explanatory for those who know about the issue.
Does anyone know how to embed a flash video on a blog like we can
YouTube videos? Maybe it is not possible.
Peace Philosophy Centre, Vancouver
Vancouver Save Article 9
Network for Okinawa"
* See Ten Thousand Things blog as well
"The movement, led by local municipalities and peace organizations, coincided with the 38th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan from US occupation.
Despite the rainy weather, the protesters lined the 13-kilometer road surrounding the base, and raised their hands as they called for its closure and voiced their opposition to its relocation within the prefecture.
The organizer says about 17,000 local residents joined the protest along with labor union members from Okinawa and other parts of the country.
It was the first time in 5 years that a human chain had surrounded the base.
A 90-year-old woman who took part said she has lived in the area for 60 years and hopes the base will be gone soon...
The participants in Sunday's protest stressed their opposition to any move that would involve relocation within Okinawa."