Japan protesters rail against US military base
Published on Aug 15, 2014 4:36 AM
TOKYO (AFP) - Demonstrators rallied in Japan's southern Okinawa island chain, calling for work to stop on the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base.
About 200 protesters shouted and held placards that read "no new base" outside Camp Schwab, where workers started on the first phase of plans to build new runways for military planes - part of a wider relocation that is expected to take about five years.
Television footage showed yellow buoys being placed in the water to designate off-limit zones ahead of drilling surveys planned for next week, despite widespread objections from many Okinawans who bristle at the heavy US military presence.
"We are extremely angry about this work, which tramples on the feelings of Okinawan people," Hiroshi Ashitomi, a protest organiser, told AFP by telephone.
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