At Okinawa Protest, Thousands Call for Removal of U.S. Bases

June 19, 2016 7:22 AM

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At Okinawa Protest, Thousands Call for Removal of U.S. Bases

TOKYO — Tens of thousands of people on the Japanese island of Okinawa gathered on Sunday to demand the removal of American military bases in what organizers said was the largest demonstration against the United States 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 United States 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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