About 200~300 people participated this one day march.
Hangars are along the fence about 2 Km. People near the area suffer for the high noise db
whenever the fighter planes such as F-15 fly.
despite the high noise and environmental pollution from the base.
for the expansion of the base. People here expect the Peace Treaty between the US-NK
may be possible by 2012. Then what use of the base expansion by then?
Kim, Pan-Tae, Secretary of Kunsan branch, SPARK, leads the march,
educating people about the Kunsan USFK base.
were supported by the cargo workers in the Jeolla buk-do.
The banner reads, “Stop the Expansion of the Kunsan USFK Base”
Fr. Mun Jung-Hyun and Fr. Mun Kyu-Hyun joined it.
the low hill around here for the one hour culture event.
Tax evasion is more than $923.000.
lso participated. Banner reads, “ Culprit of Environmental Pollution, threatening Survival Right_ Let’s Push Away the US bases_ Okinawa- Korea people’s Solidarity”.
Yoo, Young-Jae, Chief of the US Base Issues Team, SPARK, does the political speech of
why the withdrawal of the US troops and abolition of the US-SK alliance are important.
at the Culture event after the march.
and Okinawa, Japan (Mr. Takahasi Toshio).
Resolution Statement (Unofficial translation)
"Today, we had to walk, to the coldness of our ankles, to prevent the destruction of the local communities for the expansion of the Kunsan Air Force Base, United States Forces of Korea, (USFK and to keep the peaceful survival right of them. Through the whole march, it was also a time for reflection whether war bases have been expanded when we are forgetting of the meditation on peace.
The Kunsan USFK, saying it wants the Apache helicopter troops there, enforced the farmers’ farming fields and robbed of their life fields. Furthermore, it tries to expel the 644 households in the village by increasing the ammunition storage areas near the village. As if it is not enough, the USFK has first set up the wire fence at the Saemankeum reclamation land of which the completion was not even fulfilled.
Since 2006 when the Chik-do [* do means island, here] became the international bombing site for the USFK, the entire United States forces throughout the whole world have gathered into Kunsan. Because of it, not only the vicinity of the USFK base but the whole areas of the Jeollabuk-do [* do means province here] have been exposed to the serious bombing noise of the fighter planes. However, the City of Kunsan which has to resolve the damage of the village people, publicize the war game as the tourist stuff packing them as an air show with the blood-sucked tax of 300 million won [about $ 230,700] from the citizens.
Under the ignorance of the local autonomy authority and the name of the US-SK alliance, people’s lands are forcefully robbed of and our peaceful survival rights are being threatened. We oppose the expansion of the USFK base that has increased the damage onto the village people and threatens Peace. We also demand to immediately stop the war exercise that destroys village people’s routine lives. We will struggle shoulder in shoulder for peace in the Korean peninsula and Asia where there is no USFK forces.
Participants of the Kunsan Peace March, Sept. 12, 2009"
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* Reference Sites
Kunsan Air Force Base:
The government should accept the proposal of 'President's Advisory Sustainable Development Committee' that demanded suspension of the Saemankeum reclamation project.
March 22, 2001
Life and Peace Alliance for Saemankeum Tidal Flat