Remember the story of U.S. Marine Tyrone Hadnott, the 38-year-old stationed in Okinawa, Japan, who was accused of raping a local schoolgirl? Well, Okinawans are not taking this incident lightly: hundreds (many of them women) have been protesting across the island, and their anger was further inflamed this past weekend after allegations of drunk driving, trespassing and theft committed by U.S. soldiers were made. The United States has responded by instituting strict curfews on the military and civilian residents of Okinawa's Camp Courtney: According to the AP, soldiers will be restricted to bases, places or work or off-base housing. The U.S. has also declared February 22 a "Day of Reflection" for U.S. military in Japan and have constructed a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Task Force," but for many Okinawans, it's too little, too late.
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