|Many Okinawans believe, with justification, that their views are irrelevant to the Japanese government and the United States, whose geopolitical priorities trump local concerns about jet crashes, noise, environmental destruction and crime. That has not stopped protesters from tirelessly raising objections, most strongly in 1995, when three servicemen gang-raped a schoolgirl, and in September, when tens of thousands demonstrated against the deployment of the Osprey. One of the latest incidents to prompt outrage was the charging of Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer Third Class Skyler Dozierwalker, accused of sexually assaulting the woman as she was heading home.
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