A terrible military accident took place.
A US Marine helicopter at drill hit
the administrative building of Okinawa
University, falling to the ground in
at around 2:15 p.m. on August 13th.
Right after the accident, US troops
into the campus over the fence. They
off the site to prevent anyone other
them from entering the campus. (Not
students were forbidden to enter; even
president of the university was!) After
there with no permission for days,
military carried away the wreckage
with its loads (probably depleted uranium
munitions), wrapping them all in plastic
covers, in spite of strong protests
the OIU president. Who could tolerate
With seething angers, OIU students
Self-Governing Association started
protests right after the accident.
to their efforts, people's protest
the military accident is growing wider
deeper throughout Okinawa prefecture.
US military drills using defective outdated
'A deafening explosive sound, like
starting', said a junior high-school
Residents in Ginowan City, and all
in the other districts in Okinawa as
have been seized with fear. (Hundreds
students and workers who were in the
at the moment had to run around, crying
screaming. Numerous pars of the helicopter
also hit the neighbourhood, including
rotor falling on a house and 25-centimetre-long
metal parts breaking into a room where
young mother lying down with her baby.)
|No cover-up! OIU students struggling to stop
US troops taking the wreckage away (16 Aug.
The copter is a CH-53D belonging to the US
Marine Corps Kaneohe Base in Hawaii. The
CH-53D is more than a transport helicopter
though it is reported so. It's one of the
largest landing helicopters for assault possessed
by the US Marine Corps. And CH-53Ds are also
known as 'flying coffins' because they are
outdated and defective (produced from 1969
to 1972), often having caused accidents.
Using such dangerous copters, the US Marine
Corps has being carrying out its military
drills against urban battle from its Futenma
Air Station located in the densely populated
The US government is suffering miserable
defeats in their aggression against
Mired in the protracted war, the US
has to intensify its military drills.
has been driven into the corner where
had to commit unskilled pilots in operations
and to use defective machines for trainings.
Here lies the cause for the accident.
aggression against Iraq by the Bush
based on its strategy of pre-emptive
the reorganization and strengthening
military bases in Japan (particularly
Okinawa), the successive military drills
carried out to strengthen the US force
its bases, and the full cooperation
the Japanese government based on the
military alliance - Exactly this conjuncture
has necessitated the accident.
Oppose the strengthening of US military bases
In every part of the land, water and
of Okinawa, the US force still continues
its military drills day and night even
the accident. Moreover, the US military
part of the OIU campus, sealed off
in the neighbourhood, authoritatively
Japanese officers from the local fire
police stations, rejected the request
investigation from prefectural police,
finally took the wreckage from the
keeping military secrets and covering
the truth). And all these were done
the agreement and cooperation from
This extreme arrogance of the US force
clearly shown that, in the event of
for the US military, it will give the
priority to its own interests with
and support from the Japanese government
based on the US-Japan Security Treaty
the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA),
disregard of damages on Japanese citizens.
Here is the reason why angry voices
like a flood tide from the toiling
'Okinawa is occupied by Americans,
Workers, students and the other people
On the springboard of our long-standing
for those tyrannical attitudes of the
military and for real damages they
on us, let us build a powerful struggle
the war and the military alliance!
In every workplace, campus and neighbourhood,
let us denounce the terrible accident!
the removal of the wreckage! Don't
US force cover up the truth!
Stop US Marines resuming their drills
densely populated Ginowan City! Remove
Air Station as a sallying base for
Iraqi people! Oppose any military drill
US forces in Okinawa! Stop the construction
of a new Marine base! No construction
new facilities for anti-guerrilla drills!
The Okinawa prefectural authority headed
by Governor Inamine Keiichi still holds
plan for a new Marine base under the
of the need to move Futenma Air Station
elsewhere and merely tries to 'disperse
functions to other bases' before the
Denounce this policy of the Governor!
There are some parts in the opposition
who are finding 'a realistic solution'
the Governor's plan and trying to lead
struggle in this direction. In opposition
to this degenerate attempt, let us
aiming to remove the military bases
renounce the US-Japan Security Treaty!
The Bush administration is now desperate
to wipe out the resistance by Iraqi
Exactly for massacring those Iraqi
US Marines in Okinawa are prepared.
for killing people in Iraq, they are
out their drills on our land.
Stop the US force attacking Iraqi people
waging their resistance against US
and its occupation of their land! In
with Iraqi people, we fight to denounce
accident and to stop all military drills.
Oppose the continued occupation of
the US force!
Pull out Japanese troops, accomplices
the occupation and massacres!
Overthrow the Koizumi government helping
the Bush administration strengthen
in Japan and rushing to revision of
(August 16th 2004)