Around 1,000 angry protesters demonstrated in front of the US Marine Corps' Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Japan, against the relocation of a US military base. The Wednesday rally marked the 500th day of sit-in protest in the city of Nago.
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Demonstrators shouted “Stop the relocation work” while waving signs reading “New Henoko base, no” and “Marines out,” The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.
When riot police and vehicles entered Camp Schwab on Wednesday, they were met with protesters who staged a sit-in at the front of the base's gate to block construction vehicles, according to The Japan Times.
“Protect the people of Okinawa, not the US base,” the protesters shouted.
Citizens' group leader Hiroji Yamashiro, 63, said the demonstrators' fight had “reached a critical point,” adding that the protesters were aiming to “beat down [the state] and win at any cost.”