Japanese authorities intend to review the status of American troops in the country. To make such a statement Tokyo has forced the largest in 20 years of protests in Okinawa. The inhabitants of the island want to close US military bases.
The sound of military aircraft of the U.S. the Okinawans Wake up every morning and in the evening I can't sleep. Lack of basic rest - is not the sole or most serious complaint of local citizens to the American military. The Kaden is the largest airbase of the Pentagon outside the US: 20 square kilometers of coastal area. Here at the same time can be 200 military aircraft. Flights of fighters and bombers start at 6.00 am every weekday. But Kaden on the marquee not only because of its impressive size. Until may 2016 here was a former us marine Shinzato Kenneth Franklin. At the end of April in the roadside thickets, he hid the body of a murdered 21-year-old Japanese girl. Rina Shimabukuro been missing for 3 weeks, until the police calculated the car of the murderer on the surveillance cameras, and took him into custody. Tropical heat in a few hours turns brought the bouquets in straw, but fresh flowers are always there. To honor the memory of Rina here come not only local residents.
To demonstrate their attitude to the situation at the stadium of the city of Naha gathered 85 thousand people, despite the 40-degree heat. Protests of this scale after the Second world war are held in the 7th time. The most massive rally in 1995. Then the reason was the kidnapping and rape of a schoolgirl, and now the murder of a girl. This meeting is held under the slogan "Our rage is beyond!", "America, get your troops"!. The presence of U.S. forces in Japan based on bilateral security Treaty in 1960. "Ensuring the safety of Japanese citizens", the us military only in Okinawa have committed 97 murders with aggravating circumstances. 321 rape, 202 people died in an accident at the fault of the Americans. All in all, according to the police, on the island by the US military was completely 5862 felonies, including robbery, theft, beatings.
Barack Obama a month ago, visited Japan and talked with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. When the American President visited Japan to participate in the G7 summit. Before his arrival on Okinawa arrested the murderer from the base of Kaden. Obama expressed regret and promised to take action. After 2 weeks in Okinawa was arrested by a female soldier from the base of Kaden for the fact that getting behind the wheel drunk, she mauled two Japanese. All the bases is the 5th part of the whole Okinawa. Talk about how to remove at least a small part, being 20 years, but they are not becoming fewer. This increases the statistics of criminal offences committed by the us military, and a growing number of participants of mass protest actions against U.S. bases. This time the audience was more than double in 2015.
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