Monday, November 8, 2010
Text Fwd: [Guam] SWAT used to silence military expansion opponents [괌] 특수 공격대, 군사 확장 반대자들을 압박하기 위해 출동됨
* Video source: Pacific New Center
* Informed from the site of the DMZ Hawai'i
'Using tactics familiar to demilitarization activists in Hawai’i, SWAT was called in to intimidate protesters of the military expansion that threatens the ancient Chamorro cultural and sacred sites in Pagat. The military held closed door meetings to discuss the handling of cultural sites and resources under the consultation process of the National Historic Preservation Act.'(Kyle K.)
Pacific News Center:
Swat Called In To Protect Meeting on Programmatic Agreement
Last Updated on Friday, 05 November 2010
Written by Clynt Ridgell
Friday, 05 November 2010
Guam – The Guam Police Department’s SWAT Team had to be called to Adelup Friday to calm some boisterous demonstrators who had gathered outside a meeting on the Programmatic Agreement which will govern the handling of historical artifacts uncovered during the military buildup.
GPD swat was called to provide security during the meeting between Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Navy Don Shregardus and local organizations including the Chamoru nation and the Chamorro tribe.
“We are Guahan, Fuetsan Famalao’an and the Guam Boonie Stompers. The meeting is on the contentious programmatic agreement. It was a closed door meeting and in fact senator Ben Pangelinan and Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz were almost not allowed inside. “My one comment to Shregardus and to Manley is the same comment I made to them last night was that we want the Guam legislature as a recognized consulting party to this agreement,” said Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz.
DoD officials have pressured the Guam State Historic Preservation Officer [SHPO] Lynda Aguon to sign off on the agreement despite her initial objections. The document has since gone through a couple of revisions none of them to the satisfaction of the Guam SHPO. One major area of concern was the fact that the programmatic agreement was never given any public attention or a public hearing for that matter.
This despite the fact that public involvement is required by the National Historic Preservation Act. Finally after months of requests by the Guam SHPO, We are Guahan, the Chamoru tribe, Fuetsan Famalaoan, the Guam Boonie Stompers, the Guam Historic Preservation trust, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation a public hearing was held on the programmatic agreement just last night at Okkodo Highschool. But the public hearing was held just two days after Guam’s general election and without much publicity. We are Guahan member Julian Aguon says that the public hearing was a Disappointment. “From what I understand it’s the only public hearing and it was barely a public hearing because you didn’t get to hear anything there were actually no oral comments being accepted so what they were accepting was only written statements you put in a box,” explained Aguon.