Text Fwd:INTERVIEW WITH FORMER JEJU GOVERNOR
신구범 전 도지사와의 인터뷰 번역
Text Fwd: PROTEST OF AEGIS "CHRISTENING" PLANNED IN MAINE
브루스 개그논및 미 평화 활동가들, 메인주 이지스 구축함 건조식 에 항의하는 시위, 5월 7일 가질 예정 (국문 번역 추후)
TOn April 27, the representatives of five opposition parties of the Democratic Party, Democratic Labor Party, New Progressive Party, Creative Korea Party and People’s Participation Party in the Jeju Island visited the naval base construction site on April 27. The representatives having a press interview in the site declared the below five demands which are also their future plans:
1. Stop of the naval base construction
2. Policemen’s protection of the villagers and citizens [during the confrontations] in the construction site
3. Suggestion of broad discussion on the matter of the proper drive according to the navy’s declared plan: whether it is really a civilian-military harbor or military harbor?
4. National assembly’s investigation on the promotion and construction process of naval base
5. Announcement of the five opposition parties’ plan for declaration on their position at the end of June (including legal measures)
* Image source: http://www.headlinejeju.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=114049
The villagers and activists along with representatives of the five opposition parties strongly denounced the illegal and violent naval base construction and navy & companies' indictment of the villagers and activists. Recently four people have gotten the letters from the Seogwipo police station that they should be present for police investigation of them by the first date of April 22 and second date of April 28. The four having press interview on April 27, officially denounced such mean investigation and expressed their will not to respond to it.
* Image source: http://www.headlinejeju.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=114051
Translation of Statement on ending fast by Shin Ku Bum, former Island governor (April 27, 2011)
Ending my fast, I thank all the Island people.
-It is a shame that justice is being charged not by the hands of court, Island governor, policemen, navy, intellectuals, leaders but by the hands of the innocent and naïve Gangjeong villagers-
To all the Island people, I apologize to you that I have made you to be much anxious for my fast.
However, through my fast this time, I became to know how the navy and Jeju Island have divided the Gangjeong villagers through betrayal, pacification and manipulation, and how the Gangjeong villagers have been living in great fury and suffering for last four years.
I also became to know how the navy and construction companies are splitting up among villagers, threatening them in inhuman and mean ways in the construction site.
Further, I was infuriated to know that the naval base construction was not the urgent security business for people.
The naval base construction is nothing but a mere business for the navy to increase its power to expand its own power within the military and to contrive its interest with the pretext of security.
Island people, I am to end my fast following the urgent requests by the Gangjeong villagers and those who are with them.
It is to act with them.
Some people would say such below words to the Gangjeong villagers who are against naval base construction. They even readily criticize them:
It is a national security business and the Jeju Island is a part of Republic of Korea, is not it?
If naval base comes in, there would be the population increment and economic interest.
Is it a matter that the Gangjeong was already decided even though the Hwasoon is good [for location and condition], is not it?
Is it that [the Gangjeong villagers] oppose [the naval base] because they want more compensation, is not it?
Even though majority of Island people agree with the point that the most prioritized current matter to solve is the Jeju naval base issue, their consciousness on the truth barely stays at such level.
Island people, if there are people who think as above around you, please recommend them to visit themselves the Gangjeong village, the site of naval base construction.
I, myself had been in the favoring position of naval base as well until I knew the truth of the Gangjeong village through my fast.
As one of the Jeju Island citizens and a former Island governor who has once carried job for you, I feel so ashamed of myself and sorry to all of you. I make an apology to you and beg your pardon.
I thank all the people who have visited me themselves and consoled me: The Gangjeong villagers including the mayor, Kang Dong-Kyun who cared me during my fast; and the people who are with them such as Dr. Song Kang-Ho and the members of the Frontiers; Members of the Life and Peace Fellowship along with Monk Dobub, Fr. Kim Kyung-Il and Mr. Kwon Sul-Ryoung, [chairman of the project on 100day's peace pilgrim in the Gangjeong village]; Ms. Choi Sung-Hee; Mr. Hong Ki-Ryong, chairman of the Pan-Island Committee for Prevention of Military Base and for Realization of Peace Island; and [Actress] Kim Yeo-Jin and Nallari Outside Power group.
I cannot but give my special thanks to my beloved wife who has put up with her tears and waited for her heady husband who left home without notice.
I pray for the prompt end of fast by and release of Yang Yoon-Mo, former chairman of the movie critic association, who met his 22th day hunger strike in jail [as of April 27]
Island people, I truly thank you.
April 27, 2011
[Former Island Governor]
* Image source: http://www.headlinejeju.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=114045
Otherwise, the representatives of the five opposition parties in the Jeju visited the naval field office and strongly demanded the stopof the naval base construction, which were declined by the captain,Lee Eun-Kuk, the chief of the office.
Regarding the people’s demand to cancel the indictment on thevillagers and four people(Go Gwon-Il, chairman of the villagers' committee against naval base, villager Kim Jong-Hwan, activists Dr. Song Kang-Ho, the Frontiers and Sung-Hee Choi) who were recently indicted by construction companies for the charge of business interruption, the captain replied that “ If outside people (meaning the peace activists)leave Gangjeong”, he would “drop out all the charges against thevillagers.” The villagers, including mayor and Go Gwon-Il, chairman ofthe villagers’ committee against naval base construction would do apress on April 28 to denounce his words in which the captainmade clear of navy’s strategy to divide the villagers and activists.
야5당 대표들, 해군기지 공사 사무소 항의 방문. 요구사항 전달.
업무방해 혐의로 4월28일에 경찰에 출두하라는 통지 받은 강정주민과 활동가 4명의 기자회견 내용
야5당 대표들, 해군기지 공사현장에서 기자회견 하다! (내용/사진)
April 26, 2011
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* Image source: http://www.lifepeace.org/xe/128966#0
* See also an archive photo site
Ganggeong in Feb. 10, 2010(In Korean and English)
'On February 10, 2010, this sitting-down site against Naval Station was removed with force by Jeju law-enforcement and military engineering battalion units.
This Sites was supposed to be built as Naval Command Station Base as Naval Mobile Fleets of Korean Navy. The Construction Consortium DAELIM Industry started this site's demolition today.'
Peace fesitival on April 30