Prutehi Litekyan protests military firing range at Governor’s office

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“Enough is enough and if you are a local leader on this island listen to your constituents to your people we’ve been asking for too long.” – Siobhon McManus Prutehi Litekyan

Guam – The group Prutehi Litekyan or Save Ritidian held a peaceful demonstration this afternoon (Tues) against the U.S. military’s plans to build a live fire training range complex at the Northwest field above the Ritidian Wildlife Refuge.

Scores of people showed up with signs in hand at the Governor’s complex in Adelup. Previously the group met with Governor Eddie Calvo to urge him to take all necessary steps to halt the construction of the firing range, a contract the Navy just awarded last Friday to Black Construction. The group says that time is running out and in just a matter of days bulldozers will destroy prime native limestone forest. This native forest is home to endangered endemic species like the Mariana eight spot butterfly and the fanihi or Marianas fruit bat. The firing range complex will also severely limit access to several sacred ancient historical sites.

“Enough is enough and if you are a local leader on this island listen to your constituents to your people we’ve been asking for too long,” said Siobhon McManus adding, “It’s interesting that there’s so much money to build infrastructure and our reparations are being funded from Section 30 funds. I think it’s interesting that the Department of Defense has plenty of money and plenty of resources to build on our ancient burial grounds and my nana and my tata died before they ever saw reparations.”

Prutehi Litekyan members say that time is running out to stop the project before bulldozers begin clearing “high quality pristine primary limestone forest – some of the last remaining forest of this kind on Guam.”