This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Japan that the Embassy has received information that on Sunday, June 19, 2016, a large-scale protest and rally is planned at the Ohnoyama General Athletic Field at the Ohnoyoma Park and sports complex in central Naha, Okinawa.
According to information received, organizers plan to bring several tens of thousands of protestors to Ohnoyama General Athletic Field to protest the U.S. military presence on Okinawa. The Ohnoyama Park and sports complex is located in central Naha, approximately 2.5 miles east of Naha Airport and less than 2 miles southwest of “Kokusai Dori,” a major tourist and shopping destination in Naha.
The protest and rally is expected to last for one hour and is scheduled from 2-3 p.m. As the Ohnoyama Park and sports complex is located on Route 331, a major artery leading from Naha Airport to downtown Naha, disruptions in traffic are possible throughout the duration of the protest.
Additional rallies may be held in 30 prefectures throughout Japan during the three-day period of June 17-19.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
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