Coral Reef at Heneko
The Island of U.S. military bases. For more than 60 years, the people of Okinawa have been suffering from so many atrocities.
U.S. military plane crashes, violent rapes and heinous murders by U.S. military servicemen. Daily deafening aircraft sounds, environmental destruction and other atrocities originate from these bases.
In 1997 the people in Nago City, Okinawa, raised objections against government plans to construct a new U.S. military base.
However in complete disregard to their wishes of the people of Henoko, the plan has continued to this day.
Dugongs, sea turtles and other wild life creatures are living in the Henoko coast and Oura bay.
Henoko has the biggest marine forest of Okinawa Island and Oura Bay has a wide variety of coral. The sea off Henoko is home to this rare sea creature, the Dugong, which is today threatened by extinction.
There is a mangrove forest in Oura bay where the endangered species of Walking Goby is. The Okinawans believe that the area which will be destroyed, should be immediately protected and considered as a crucial asset of natural conservation.
On January 27,1997, the people of Henoko formed the Society for the Protection of Life. From the day of the founding, grandmothers and grandfathers of Henoko began a daily sit-in against the construction of the base. This daily non-violent, sit-in has continued for over nine years.
While the sit-in was in progress, a U.S. military helicopter stationed at the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station crashed and burned inside the campus of Okinawa International University. A wave of angry public opinion followed, demanding that such a dangerous base should be closed immediately.
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