On the government event for the promotion of the Jeju to be one of the ‘New 7 Wonders’ and people’s protest in Sungsanbong, & Jeju City, Jeju Island on April 24, 2011:
Ryu Sung-Ho, Ohmynews
Jeju Domin Ilbo (photos by Ryu Sung-Ho, Ohmynews)
Jeju City’s Earth Day event: Sisa Jeju
To see more photos on April 23, click here
The banner reads: Promotion of the Jeju for N7W on one hand while military base on the other hand? The military base construction that destroys nature and peace should be stopped! (Island committee)
No Naval Base!
The Central and Island governments sponsored event to promote the Jeju Island to be one of the new seven wonders was held in Sungsanbong and Jeju City, Jeju Island on April 24. It was the biggest event since the committee launched so far and Bernard Webb, the founder of the N7W foundation was invited.
Recently, there has been boiling criticism on the commercialism ofy the foundation and the blind promotion of the Korean central and Jeju governments in some Jeju media. The government attempts to hide the facts on the enforcement of the Jeju naval base construction from the international eyes. What on earth of N7W promotion while the Gangjeong village is suffering by the monsters of concrete and construction machines which are destroying the UNESCO protected soft corals in the sea and endangered species such as the red-feet crabs whose habitat has become the very construction site on the land
Some villagers and peace activists had wanted to have short performance and one-man protest in the N7W event but about 10 personnel who named themselves as the Island government officials attempted to block their normal protests. It is nothing but the oppression on the right to free speech and the example of how Island people’s tax is abused.
Fortunately, one Ohmynews reporter could take some photos.
As of April 25, movie critic Yang Yoon-Mo has met his 20th day hunger strike in jail while the former Island governor, Shin Ku-Bum met his 9th day hunger strike in the Yang’s vigil tent in the Joongduk coast.