'저는 그들의 땅을 지키기 위하여 싸웠던 인디안들의 이야기를 기억합니다. 백인들이 그들의 신성한 숲에 도로를 만들기 위하여 나무들을 잘랐습니다. 매일밤 인디안들이 나가서 백인들이 만든 그 길을 해체하면 그 다음 날 백인들이 와서 도로를 다시 짓곤 했습니다. 한동안 그 것이 반복되었습니다. 그러던 어느날, 숲에서 가장 큰 나무가 백인들이 일할 동안 그들 머리 위로 떨어져 말과 마차들을 파괴하고 그들 중 몇몇을 죽였습니다. 그러자 백인들은 떠났고 결코 다시 오지 않았습니다….' (브루스 개그논)





EMERGENCY IN GANGJEONG ON SEPT. 2! (See the below blog)

URGENT PLEA: DEAR FRIENDS of JEJU ISLAND, ISLAND OF WORLD PEACE (Click!)

Please check HERE(Click) for continuous updates of emergency in
Gangjeong, Jeju Island since Aug. 24, 2011 and site links on the struggle against Jeju naval base construction !

8월 24일 및 이후 제주도 강정 마을 긴급 관련, 계속되는 영문 업데이트 및 국문 사이트, 링크들은 여기(클릭)를 보세요!

RELEASE Kang Dong-Kyun(Gangjeong village mayor, 54), Kim Jong-Hwan(villager, 54), and Kim Dong-Won(photographer, 25)! (Facebook: Click HERE)

강정 마을회 까페 사이트(클릭) 강정 마을회 웹사이트(클릭)


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

[Urgent]Gangjeong is in attack! Five including Gangjeong mayor were arrested on Aug. 24!

See Aug. 25 situation
See Facebook
See Twitter(Check the right column here)
See photos HERE and HERE
See photo and video HERE at the arrest moment of Gangjeong village mayor Kang Dong Kyun, around 2pm(Aug.24). The policemen were like hyenas, the filmmaker says.
See video of policemen attacking Fr. Moon Jung-Hyun(Aug. 24)
See video on the people's cultural solidarity event while they are waiting for the release of five during the night(Facebook)(Aug. 24)
See Other videos(Facebook)(Aug.24)
See Jeju Naval Base and Security dilemma by Cheong Wooksik, Peace Network (Aug.22)
See Bruce Gagnon's Organizing Notes(Aug.24)
See DMZ Hawai'i (Aug. 24)

"Follow #gangjung on Twitter and try to relay as much information as possible. This is taking place at the moment. Contact media if possible. Repost pictures and videos as you find them."(M. Hoey)

From Ann Wright via Kyle Kajihiro on Aug. 24

"I’m in Kang Jeong Village on Jeju Island, South Korea and the sirens are blaring for citizens to come to the main gate of the Naval Base where construction is about to begin in an area that will destroy pristine lava fields and endanger marine life.

The siren sounds like a tsunami siren in Hawaii signaling an emergency. And that is what it is-4 activists were arrested two hours ago, including the Mayor of Kang Jeong, the cook at the camp and a member of SPARK and now 60 people have blocked front of the main gate of the base and many others at another gate.

Ten activists have locked chains around their necks and around each other and are sitting directly in front of a line of police at the gate. More arrests to follow no doubt.


will send more later.

Ann
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UPDATE

As of 12:00am, Aug. 25, the police have not released five yet. The villagers who could not wait for the release of five on the spot, went to the Seogwipo police station to protest . It is worried that the police might close a key spot farm road where Hyun Ae-Ja, a former national assembly woman chained herself from possible police attack and others have been keeping from construction, a SPARK peace activist says. It is known that the mayor was carried to the Seogwipo medical center to get the hospital cure because his ribs were hurt during forceful arrest.

As of 10:30pm: after negotiation, Fr.Go Byung-Soo got the police promise that the police would release five after short investigation and they would carry mayor in general car not police car. There were villagers’ complaint that mayor should not be gotten with investigation but as the police promise was known to media and Fr. Go & other 10 villagers accompanied police car to make sure of it, the negotiation was carried.


http://yfrog.com/h8b1ahfj
The wife of mayor Kang cries on the top of police car, demanding release of five.


http://yfrog.com/z/khdjhbyj


http://yfrog.com/h8zuymnj


9pm: Villagers are raising candles and continue to keep the site. The standoff with police has been seven hours by now since the arrest of mayor Kang and other 4 people around 2pm.


8:20pm a village woman sitting in protest, "Release all the five!" The villagers and activists are still standoff with police




8pm More people are gathering
http://yfrog.com/gyv07uyyj


Injured by police violence
http://twitpic.com/6aixdp


6:50pm police is violently attacking people, Right Now!


Villagers blocking a police car when it attempted to escape to another road
http://yfrog.com/kj6rcqcj








6:10pm Fr. MoonJung-Hyun has once been in danger when he blocked police car on the top of it. The policemen was pushing away him on the top of car. In the above photo, Fr. Moon is sitting very tired after it.
http://yfrog.com/kjcggnmj


6:oo Gangjeong villagers blocking police car where mayor is held. Some people chained themselves with construction equipment
http://yfrog.com/kj6rcqcj

http://yfrog.com/kj6rcqcj



5: 29pm

전경병력 계속동원!! 본격연행 시작!!
5:20pm Police are continuously mobilized! More arrest started!
http://yfrog.com/kle5hnrj






5:10pm People chaining them selves strongly protest against the arrest of five including Gangjeong vilage mayor Kang Dong-Kyun
http://yfrog.com/gyg1yqlj







Right after arrest of five, some villagers and activists chained themselves to construction equipment (Source: Jeju Sori)

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Mayor Kang Dong-Kyun just before his arrest
http://twitpic.com/6ahpcj

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