17 Sep 2018

Marianas residents fight on against US military plans

From , 5:03 am on 17 September 2018

Northern Marianas residents have appealed a court ruling regarding the impact of US Navy's relocation plans in the region.

The US plans to move thousands of marines from Okinawa in Japan to Guam and train them on Tinian and Pågan islands in the neighbouring Marianas.

A lawsuit was filed in 2016 by the non-profit law organisation Earthjustice on behalf of Marianas citizen groups who claim training plans, including live-fire war games, will devastate their islands.

But the Earthjustice lawyer, David Henkin, explained how they disagreed with the recent ruling of the US District Court for the Northern Marianas.

Pagan, Northern Marianas Islands, CNMI

Pagan, Northern Marianas Islands Photo: Wikipedia