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Japan: Activists protest against US Marine base in Okinawa01:59

Japan: Activists protest against US Marine base in Okinawa

Japan, Okinawa
June 17, 2016 at 07:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Scuffles broke between police and protesters outside of the US Marine base 'Camp Schwab', in the north eastern Okinawa Prefecture, on Friday.

Activists gathered in front of the base, holding placards with slogans such as 'Marines Out'. Organising a sit-in, many of the protesters resisted as the police attempted to remove them.

Protests against the American military presence on the island have become increasingly intense recently after Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a former US marine officer employed by Kadena Airbase, was charged with the rape and murder of a 20 year old Japanese woman, Rina Shimabukuro.

The US military has been stationed in Okinawa since the end of World War II and currently have around 30,000 troops in the prefecture.

Japan: Activists protest against US Marine base in Okinawa01:59
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Scuffles broke between police and protesters outside of the US Marine base 'Camp Schwab', in the north eastern Okinawa Prefecture, on Friday.

Activists gathered in front of the base, holding placards with slogans such as 'Marines Out'. Organising a sit-in, many of the protesters resisted as the police attempted to remove them.

Protests against the American military presence on the island have become increasingly intense recently after Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a former US marine officer employed by Kadena Airbase, was charged with the rape and murder of a 20 year old Japanese woman, Rina Shimabukuro.

The US military has been stationed in Okinawa since the end of World War II and currently have around 30,000 troops in the prefecture.