In the morning on August 10, about 120 people protesting the construction of a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago City, conducted a sit-in at Camp Schwab’s gate.
The participants offered a minute of silence for the three U.S. Marines who died in the August 5 MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft crash off the eastern coast of Australia.
An Okinawa City resident who attended the protest, 79-year-old Toyomitsu Miyagi said: “Presumably these soldiers had families. All human life is of equal importance.
I prayed for the protection of the soldiers’ honor who fell victim to the crash.”
He went on to say: “It is futile to conduct military exercises that have resulted in the loss of human life. We must certainly not allow the construction of a new base, which could lead to a rekindling of war. For the sake of Okinawa’s future from here on I will continue to oppose construction of the new base.”
People were also protesting from three boats and ten canoes on the water in Henoko Bay.
The Okinawa Defense Bureau has installed steel planks on the land portion of the K9 seawall (on the north side of the land reclamation area) construction site in Camp Schwab.
In addition, heavy machinery leveled out soil hauled in by large trucks in the vicinity of the planned sites for construction the K1 seawall (south side of reclamation area) and the N5 seawall (on the west side of the peninsula along the coast).