Protesters block US base in Okinawa

Thousands of protesters formed a human chain May 13 in Okinawa, Japan, to protest the US military presence. The human chain symbolically encircled the 17-kilometer perimeter of the Kadena Air Base. Banners demanded a withdrawal of the 22,000 US troops stationed there, reported NHK public television. The protest was organized by local labor unions and pacifist organizations. It took place two days before the 35th anniversary of the return of the Okinawa archipelago to Japan after it was occupied at the end of World War II, remaining in US hands until 1972. (Periodico26, Cuba, May 14)

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