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People's Rally of October 21, 1995

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October 22, 1995 - LA Times, front page.  Tokyo - In the biggest political rally Okinawa has ever seen, tens of thousands of Japanese on Saturday demanded that the U.S. military slash its bases, and the southern island's governor hinted that base operations could be disrupted if changes are not made soon. . .

Sponsors of Saturday's rally said 85,000 people filled a park in the city of Ginowan, while police put the turnout at 58,000.  Both figures are larger than the 50,000 target that sponsors had set and made the event the biggest political rally in history in Okinawa, the site of the last bloody ground battle of World War II. . .

Although the United States ended its postwar occupation of mainland Japan in 1952, it continued to rule Okinawa prefecture until 1972 to safeguard a vast American military complex that occupies about 20% of the island.  Of the 45,500 U.S. troops stationed in Japan, about 23,700 are in Okinawa.



October 22, 1995 - "Japanese demonstrators in Okinawa protest the presence of U.S. military bases on their island.  The rally was precipitated by the rape of a 12-year-old schoolgirl, allegedly by three U.S. servicemen."


October 22, 1995 - "A Japanese protester burns an American flag at a Ginowan demonstration against the presence of U.S. military bases in Okinawa."


September 22, 1995 - Some 300 women march in the rain Friday, September 22, 1995 in Naha, capital of Okinawa, to protest the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl by three U.S. servicemen earlier this month.  "If you're a human being, it should be obvious that you don't do such a thing," Chizu Akamine, chairwoman of the Okinawa Women's Association, told the protestors.  The banner says, "U.S. Military, Don't Be Savage."


Hundreds of women took to the streets of Naha, capital of Okinawa, Japan, Friday, September 22, 1995 to protest the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl by three U.S. servicemen.  The placards say "Revise Security Arrangements," left, and "We Won't Forgive the Savages," right.  Japanese prosecutors prepared charges against an American soldier suspected of exposing himself to a schoolgirl while on port call.  The new case is another embarassment for the U.S. military, which has been the target of intense criticism in Japan since the servicemen were accused of raping a Japanese girl.


Women protestors shout anti-U.S. military slogans during a protest rally against the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl by three U.S. servicemen in front of Kadena U.S. Military Base in Naha City in Okinawa, southern Japan, Friday, September 22, 1995.  The banners read:  We will not allow the rape of a girl by U.S. soldiers," and "Protect Human Rights, Military Get Out."


September 27, 1995 - LA Times.  Ginowan, Okinawa - Chanting "Yankee, go home," a refrain rarely heard in Japan, thousands of Okinawans took to the streets Tuesday to protest the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl that three U.S. servicemen are suspected of committing.  Caption on photograph reads: "Protesters march in front of a U.S. Marine base on Okinawa."


September 28, 1995 - Rafu Shimpo.  Ginowan, Okinawa - On the eve of U.S.-Japan defense talks, thousands of Okinawans took to the streets Tuesday to protest the rape of a 12-year-old schoolgirl allegedly committed by three American servicemen.  The demonstration, attended by roughly 3,000 people, was one of the largest anti-U.S. military protests here in years, and the worst could be yet to come. Another protest picture


April 11, 1997 - "A Buddhist monk protests against the American military bases in Okinawa.  New legislation proposed by the Japanese government will ease the continued operation of the already existing bases."





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