- no chr.!
Pyeongyang's KCNA(3.26) "reported" the following:
The 100 days of bitter sorrow since leader Kim Jong Il's untimely passing were a historic period in which the whole world keenly realized that he was the Heaven of not only the Korean people but of all other people and the sun of mankind. At least 190 countries... expressed deep condolences on his demise. Party, state and government heads paid condolence visits to DPRK missions and mourning events such as hoisting of flags at half-mast were held solemnly...
Well, here is one of the most famous examples (recorded Feb. 26 in L.A.):
☞ Sacha Baron Cohen empties urn of 'Kim Jong-il's ashes'... (Guardian, 2.27)
Today's Korea Times reported that "Civic group members will stage a candlelit protest on Jeju Island from this week in protest of the ongoing construction of the naval base on the nation’s largest resort island.
'We will make clear through our act to let people gain awareness of the injustice in this construction plan, and will make sure the protest goes an all over the island,' said a member of the emergency commission consisted of the Jeju city residents, Monday.
The commission announced at a press conference that the candlelit protest will begin from Thursday in front of the city hall, and will continue until the Navy decides to faithfully and fully revise its plan..."
Wow! It seems that an all-out confrontation between the protest movement and the "ruling" forces is looming!!(^^) "Candlelit protest"... That's definitely an appropriate & uncompromising measure(^^) against the daily aggression conducted by the MB administration (incl. its police forces and navy) and the Construction Mafia(Samsung C&T, Daelim E&C) against the people and nature of Jeju Island!!
FICTION "As the mayor of Seoul, I declare that the Seoul City Hall Plaza is now returned to the citizens completely," Park Won-soon said last October after winning the by-election...
REALITY Seoul's City Hall Plaza, only few hours ago(^^):
A fortress of police vehicles surrounded the Seoul Plaza and adjacent areas (K. Herald)
To mark the the 100th anniversary of founding father Kim Il-sung's birth, Kim Jong-eun - the world's youngest but most sophisticated statesman (sic) - has scheduled the spectacular launch of an earth observation satellite that will present the world with a spatial chorus of "The Song of Marshal Kim Il-sung"...
No, that's not a satire or a knee-slapper, but the latest genuine concoction by Kim Myeong-cheol (aka the "unofficial" spokesman of the DPRK), published in yesterday's Asia Times Online(HK) under the title "North Korea Launches Satellite of Love"! Just read & enjoy(^^) it and have a restful weekend!!
In the report (No Naval Base on Jeju!/facebook) about yesterday's devastating developments on Gureombi we'd to read the following: "Cruel and biggest blasts happened... Blockades all over the village…Villagers and activists did their best but could not stop the tragedy… Crying for the Gureombi Rock... Time for all to fight against it whether through action, media, protest, rally all over the world… NOW!"
While the Navy and the Construction Mafia are trying anything to create precedents (i.e. they want to destroy Gureombi rockbed as soon as possible, "optimally" before next month's general election), the current resistance tactic - as far as I can see - is failing.
Despite daily street protests, blockades and courageous (nonviolent "guerilla"-style) actions by few groups of determined activists, the blasting of Gureombi - now since 16 days - goes on. And it still goes on... almost uninterrupted!!
Sorry for my dark thoughts!! And, of course, that's a far cry from saying that the struggle is already lost!! We just need to evaluate...
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1.) Today's latest news from the "frontline":
There were no blasts despite earlier notifications. One activist who had his wrist broken yesterday trying to block the passage of explosives is back in Gangjeong and is wearing a cast. There was a protest in front of the Jeju Provincial Government today to urge the Governor to sign an immediate halt to all construction.
But there was no decision. An answer is expected on Thursday. In the very early morning several activists including a group of international faith leaders made there way to Gureombi, just outside of the construction site and stayed their all day...
2.) Today's Hankyoreh has an impressive report about yesterday's developments:
The blasting of Gureombi bedrock, a symbol of the campaign opposing the construction of a naval base in Jeju Island, has begun.
Daelim Industries(i.e. Daelim Construction MAFIA!!), a company working on the base’s construction, carried out blasts by surprise in the afternoon of March 19. The Navy and the construction companies have been blasting the rocky shore since March 7, but these were the first explosions on Gureombi’s bedrock.
Daerim carried out two blasts at Multeojingae rock at 6:05 pm. Earlier, the Navy began to blast in an area 50m away from Gureombi Rock to prepare the site for the production of caissons, concrete structures which are used to construct bulwark. Originally Gureombi rock blasting was expected to take place on March 20.
The Navy started the blasting one day before a before a hearing was to be held by Jeju Provincial Government, which had been seeking to halt construction.
Earlier, activists opposing the construction responded to news of the imminent blasting effort Monday by briefly blocking the transportation of explosives. But police intervened, rounding up a number of activists and injuring some while breaking the PVC pipes they used to form a human chain. This response, which also included the chasing off of reporters, triggered an outcry from critics who called it excessive force.
At about 5:10am Monday, around thirty people, including a 31-year-old female activist identified as Lee, used five vehicles to block access to “J” storehouse in Seogwipo’s Andeok township, where explosives are being stored for the Gureomi Rock coastal blasting effort. Around ten of them linked arms within PVC pipes measuring one meter in length and 20 cm in diameter to form a human chain, blocking the movement of vehicles transporting powder.
Police sent around 100 officers to the scene at about 9:30 am, where they clashed with activists for over an hour. They attempted to arrest the activists on charges of obstruction of operations. The officers used hammers to smash the pipes, resulting in injuries to the hands and wrists of some activists.
Police also prevented coverage at the scene by reporters from the Hankyoreh, Yonhap News, and local Jeju internet media, grabbing them by the collar and chasing them away even after they showed identification and press armbands. Seo Seon-yeong, an attorney with Lawyers for a Democratic Society, showed identification and demanded to be allowed into the ring of police to monitor for human rights abuses, but her request was refused by police.
Transportation of explosives resumed Monday after police towed away three activist vehicles and took ten activists to Seogwipo Police Station, accusing them of obstructing operations. The construction companies continued blasting at the inland caisson production area within the construction site Monday afternoon, and the seabed was leveled using marine dredges...