Strong backing for CNMI petition opposing US military plans

10:58 am on 2 June 2015

An online petition opposing the Uniterd States military's training plans for the Northern Marianas has reached over 68,000 signatures.

Pagan Island

Pagan Island Photo: Supplied

The petition seeks to stop the military's proposed live fire training, including inert bombing, on Tinian and Pagan.

The Saipan Tribune reports the US confirming that in its proposed action permanent and irreparable damage will be done to the CNMI.

Petition organisers say they are aiming for 100,000 signatures from throughout the US.

The White House has a policy that the President will directly address any petition of 100,000 or more signatures that he receives.

The petition's backers say they are against a high impact bombing range on Tinian and Pagan, the military's proposed relocation of island residents, the destruction of the environment, the killing of animal life and the end of the tourism-based economy.