19 Jun '16, 5am

Okinawans fill stadium in anti-US protest - Stars and Stripes

Okinawans fill stadium in anti-US protest - Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An overflow crowd of more than 40,000 people packed a sports stadium for a protest of anger and frustration Sunday to demand that U.S. troops leave Okinawa and drop a plan to move Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to a more remote area on the island. A recent rash of crimes, including the slaying of a 20-year-old woman that has been linked to a U.S. civilian base worker, have tapped into resentment over the disproportionate number of U.S. troops on Okinawa, compared with the rest of Japan, and a sense of abandonment and betrayal by the central government even after it regained control of the island in 1972. Speaker after speaker made emotionally charged addresses that had even a couple of Japanese reporters crying. “We have endured cruel treatment for 70 years, even after the reversion of the island,” a student said in English after speaking to the cr...

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