Press Release: Military cancels tour of Pohakuloa over Planned Protest at Main Gate

Press Release:  Military cancels tour of Pohakuloa over Planned Protest at Main Gate

Dec.. 13, 2018 For Immediate Release 7:30PM

Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
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"At 5PM today, Dec. 13, 2018 via a phone call from Pohakuloa Training Area Public Affairs officer Mike Donnelly (808-824-1474)                                                     
Malu 'Aina was informed that a pre-arranged tour of PTA for 10 people on Monday, Dec. 17th from 10-12 noon was now cancelled" 
said Jim Albertini of Malu 'Aina.   

Albertini said "Mr. Donnelly informed Malu 'Aina that US Army Garrison Commander Barrett made the decision due to a similarly 
timed protest outside the main gate of PTA to protest the ongoing bombing of Pohakuloa and to protest military Special Ops in 
public areas planned for all islands." (See flyer below)

Albertini said "Malu 'Aina has been pushing for years for access to cultural sites, the firing ranges where Depleted Uranium 
weapons were fired, the PTA drone field, etc. But our main concern has always been "STOP THE BOMBING" AT PTA, clean up the toxic mess
and return the stolen lands to their righful owner -- the Hawaiian Kingdom, and end US Occupation."  Albertini said, "it appears 
that Col. Barrett expects us to shut up if even 10 people are provided some semblance of a tour."  Albertini said "I thought 
Col. Barrett was suppose to be defending citizens First Amendment right to Free Speech, not trying to silence our speech if we want
a token tour. This is classic Special Ops divide and conquer tactics, between a few given a tour and others left outside."

Albertini said "we will not be cowed into silence.  We urge Col. Barrett and the US to stop bullying the world.  It's time for 
aloha and diplomacy, not war.  Ho'oponopono can heal our broken world."