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M9 REPORT - Approx 60 Gather outside South Korean Embassy in Solidarity with Nonviolent Resistance on Je Ju Island to new U.S. Naval Base

category international | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Monday May 14, 2012 09:42author by Ciaron - Giuseppe Conlon House - London Catholic Worker Report this post to the editors

On May 9th. 4 London Catholic Workers were joined by 10 Swedish students on a day visit to Giuseppe Conlon House as we travelled into the South Korean Embassy. We went to the embassy to express solidarity with the people of Je Ju nonviolently resisting the destructon of their traditional lands & the construction of a new U.S. warfigting naval base.
London solidarity youtube (4 mins) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-4_msp0ai0

We arrived at the embassy to join long time resister/ ploughshares activist Angie Zelter who was recently arrested on Je Ju. 45 other folks were also gathered in solidarity. They included folks.from the Korean community, Pax Chrisit, CND, Trident Ploughshares, the
Columban JPIC, Sisters of St Joseph of Peace, Veterans for Peace UK. Three musicians kept us entertained with political songs and several people read out the letters they had written to hand in to the Embassy.

Angie Zelter and two other ativists went into the Embassy at 3 p.m. for around 40 minutes to meetwith Mr. IM, Byungho, the Consul/1st Secretary. They told him in detail of
our 3 major concerns – militarisation; human rights abuses and lack of
democracy; and environmental destruction. They also told him about the
growing international concerns and that there were demonstrations in at
least 8 other cities in 5 different countries this week.

The Ambassador stated several
times that he did not know anything about the situation in Jeju and does
not have an opinion about it. He did not know about the environmental
protection issue or the human rights issue (and did not seem to care
about it either!) but he was sure that Chinese and Japanese naval power
is increasing and Korea needs more naval bases especially in the south
of the country. He said his Government's intention is to protect its
people using military tactics which was their right and that the
Ambassador has no right or power to ask the Government to change its
policies.

The Ambassador asked why British people were protesting. The activists it was of
concern to all people if human rights abuses took place, environmental
protections were not respected and when countries were preparing for war
– we said much more of course and asked that our concerns be sent to the
President. He did not seem very interested and said he did not think the
President would read any report even if they decided to make one. He
only came to London last year, is a diplomat and has to support his
Government and is terribly busy with serious things to consider. He was
very dismissive but the three activists thought it was important that they insisted on the
meeting and are fairly sure he did know much more than he let on.

Solidarity protests were held in Berlin and Frankfurt
(Germany), San Francisco (US) on May 9th.

There has been ongoing solidarity from U.S. Catholic Workers and Veterans for Peace in and with the Je Ju struggle that has seen many priests nuns, lay Catholics & international solidarity activists arrested in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience.

This youtube by Californian Catholic Worker Denis Appel shows the beauty and courage of Je Ju and the threat the military poses.
http://tinyurl.com/c6rv7sn

* Thanks to Angie Zelter for help with this report!
Ciaron

author by leftypublication date Tue May 15, 2012 06:50Report this post to the editors

Glad to see some resistance to this base. Kudos to all involved.
The treatment of the people being pushed off their land for a US base reminds me of the whole Diego Garcia incident. Same mentality.

 
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