In the Jeju Island, workers' protests for rights to live are being extended to those of teachers. Teachers' struggles that are supported by various civic organizations are being exploded along with workers'. Click the link for more photos.
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The current situation of excavation research on cultural properties in the planned Jeju naval base area as of Feb. 23, 2011
지도 원본: 제주 문화 유산 (재단) Original map source: The Jeju Cultural Heritage (Foundation)
몇 참조글, 필요에 의해 추가됨 Some reference words were added for necessity
In the 2nd site in the above map, excavation works were continued on Feb. 23. The workers say they could see lots of possibilities of relics there on the day. One could see red fragments of earthen ware on the ground even with one's eye.
The third site for high possibility of relics was discovered in the morning of Feb. 23. It is a road beside a former garlic field. Ten white circles that indicate high possibility of relics were marked on the day.
The below photos are from the other part of the third site.
The color of this land looks more reddish yellow, which is remarkable compared to other trenches excavated so far.
Another excavation sites on cultural properties Feb. 23, 2011
1. site near coast
2. site near the naval field office
3. site near coast
4. site near coast
5. site near coast ____________________________________________
The navy has posed construction since Feb. 19. The reason is not exactly known why. It is told that they would resume the construction in March but not exactly when.
Is it because of ROK-US military joint Key Resolve exercise which would be from Feb. 28 to March 10? Is it because of increasing voices from various fields to stop forceful construction which is staged while the villagers’ lawsuits related to naval base are still in process, including the Island Council that has pressured the Island government on Feb. 23 that they may consider the resolution on the cancellation of annulment on the absolute preservation areas if the central government does not answer with responsible compensation measure by March 9? Even though the villagers do not trust the Island Council and think the majority members of the Island Council has limitation by not totally rejecting the base plan and would betray them again, it is remarkable that they have made voice any way. Or it just simple internal matter such as lack of prepared construction stuff? Or anything else?
The obvious thing is that as the recent articles are revealing, the military buildup in South Korea is being increased which would only benefit arms corporations. This weekend ‘a key presidential aide to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will visit the United States for talks over revising guidelines on Seoul's missile development’ (For article, click HERE). South Korea's Navy chief has said in January that he is planning to double the number of joint anti-submarine drills with the United States this year (For article, click HERE). In the Key Resolve exercise, US nuclear aircraft carrier that was missed last year’s exercise will return to Korea territory. And the former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Feb. 22 that ‘South Korea should take a greater role in the defense of its country against North Korean provocations commensurate to its growing economic power’ (For article, click HERE)
Otherwise, the excavations on cultural properties are going on. Even though there should not be a big hope on it because it is expected that the government may eventually enforce the construction any way, lots of discovered relic sites can at least delay the construction.