23.06.2015 - 17:21 [ RT ]

​’Go home!‘ Japan PM heckled over US bases in Okinawa during WWII ceremony

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was heckled on Tuesday, as citizens expressed their discontent with the United States‘ continued presence in Okinawa. The jeers took place during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa.

As the prime minister approached the podium, voices could be heard shouting “What are you doing here?” and “Go home!” The cries from the 5,000-strong crowd resulted in a visibly flustered Abe.

Carrying on with his planned speech, Abe told the audience that “people in Okinawa have long been asked to carry a big burden for our security,” adding that “we will continue to do our best to reduce [it].”