Wednesday, May 4, 2011
[Jeju Update] Photos fwd: Heroes of the Gangjeong village
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
[Jeju Update] Resource fwd: What terrible structures are to be dropped in the UNESCO protected sea?
Kang Dong-Kyun, mayor of the Gangjeong village and Go Gwon-Il, chairman of the villagers' committee against naval base, along with a staff of the Creative Korea Party, in the National Assembly, May 3, 2011
* Image source: http://www.headlinejeju.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=114466
The Gangjeong villagers, having a press interview in the national assembly on May 3, stated their appeal to all the Korean people to help and support them to stop the naval base construction in their village. See the whole appeal here(Korean language)
In the last part of the appeal, they said:
“The currently enforced naval base construction is nothing but the state violence that destroys the heaven-blessed nature environment and tramples people’s human rights under the pretext of national security.
We vividly hear the moaning of all the creatures in the rocks in the Goorumbee( *the rocky Gangjeong coast) and sea. The terrible cries of the 4.3 spirits also touch our heart. For that, we are to prevent the naval base construction that is nothing but state violence with our lives.
However, we cannot prevent it only with our efforts. It would end only with our sacrifice if you are not with us..
We urgently appeal to you. Please be with us in the opposition movement against the naval base construction. Please help us so that the kindling of life and peace that is disappearing in the Jeju could be lit up again.”
* A banner that reads as 'Il-Gangjeong (Gangjeong, the best village) is alive' near the coast along with the navy's board of threat on the removal of all the villagers' protest sites by May 27, 2011
A member of the Life and Peace Fellowship wrote: Yang Yoon-Mo, movie critic (who is in 29th prison fast as of May 3 and has the 1st trial on May 4, today, along with Choi Sung-Hee who was arrested on the same day of April 6 but released on the night) was told that he wanted to talk on his testament and funeral procedure on the day of his 40th fast day, when some people recently visited him. He was told to reject his colleagues’ appeal for his stop of fast. He was told that there should be a stupid man like him in this crazy world. His eyes looked brighter and clearer… the witness said.
'Punish all the violent policemen and immediately release Yang Yoon-Mo!' people's banner along the coast where a barge ship is doing construction work
Life and Peace Fellowship members do a peace pilgrim everyday in the very construction site.
* Image source: http://www.lifepeace.org/xe/129252#0
Otherwise, on the same day, so called villagers’ promotion committee for the naval base had a counter press interview demanding of withdrawal of all the peace activists from the naval base construction. In detail, they demanded four: 1. Withdrawal of all the peace activists from the construction site: 2. Layout for the alternative for the conflict settlement in the Gangjeong village: 3. Execution of the strong state power onto the outside groups who interrupt construction: and 4. Carrying out promise on the civilian-military joint usage facilities in the planned naval base.
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navy is suspected to be behind them with their dividing strategy between the villagers in con-and pro of naval base, as well as between the villagers and activists, and much criticized. The villagers who are in favoring of naval base is only a small minority of whole villagers(In villagers’ vote in 2007, about 94. 2 % opposed the naval base plan)
Scenes on May 3, 2011
* Image source: http://cafe.daum.net/peacekj/496a/92