JCP holds rally for victory in Naha City Assembly election

About 1,000 citizens attended a rally held by the Japanese Communist Party on May 26 in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture and listened to JCP Executive Committee Chair Shii Kazuo's speech calling for a JCP victory in the Naha City Assembly election set for July 10.

Shii defined the coming election as a milestone that will have an important bearing on the struggle to achieve an Okinawa without military bases.

He said that Okinawans are empowered by the recent successes in the recent anti-U.S. base struggles, including victories in the 2003 Ginowan mayoral election and the 2004 Upper House election, a 30,000-rally in protest against a U.S. helicopter crash at an Okinawa university campus in 2004, and a 24,000-human chain that surrounded the U.S. Futenma Air Base in May 2005.

He said that an unconditional removal of the U.S. military bases from Okinawa has become the consensus of Okinawans while the agreement of the Japan-U.S. Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) and the relocation plan of the Futenma base within the prefecture are yet to be implemented.

The JCP chair emphasized that since the SACO agreement was confirmed, the JCP has consistently demanded a withdrawal of the U.S. military bases and called on all Okinawans to unite to pave the way. He appealed to all Okinawans to make the JCP strong enough to establish an Okinawa without bases. - Akahata, May 27, 2005

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