65,000 call for removal of US bases on Okinawa

June 20, 2016 12:47 AM

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65,000 call for removal of US bases on Okinawa

TOKYO — About 65,000 people on the Japanese island of Okinawa gathered Sunday to demand the removal of United States military bases in what organizers said was the largest demonstration against the US presence there in two decades.

The protest, in Naha, the capital of Okinawa prefecture, was billed as a memorial for a 20-year-old woman who was found dead last month. A US Marine veteran who was working as a civilian contractor on the island has been arrested in connection with the killing, prompting a public outcry.

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