25개의 게시물을 찾았습니다.
-> Today in the morning(CET) I got the following info by e-mail:
Starting today, Gangjeong is in an emergency situation. Nearly 700 police have arrived from the mainland in Gangjeong village to monitor the blasting of Gureombi, the volcanic rock coastline, and the dredging of the seafloor. Not only will the marine life, including endangered crabs and coral reefs, be swept away, the blast has already impacted the fresh water springs that the majority of the island is dependent upon.
Though our numbers are small in the village, we will do our best to fight to stop the blast of Gureombi. It is still uncertain whether the Seogwipo Police will allow the Navy to blast Gureombi on Monday, when the Governor of Jeju Island is supposed to make his decision...
-> And only a short while later I'd to learn (via facebook "No Naval Base on Jeju!") the following: "BLAST PERMITTED! GUN POWDER IS TOLD TO BE CARRIED IN AN HOUR! The village siren is ringing. The police permitted the blast!"
-> 24 hours earlier(resp. y'day) the S. Korean media reported that Jeju's governor called for suspension of naval base construction...
-> On the same day the Asian Human Right Commission issued, regarding the recent developments on Jeju Island, a statement titled "SOUTH KOREA: Ignoring rule of law sign of dictatorship"...
If you have not already done so, please send a letter asap to the following officials(*) to STOP THE BLAST OF GUREOMBI ROCKS! STOP THE NAVAL BASE CONSTRUCTION!
To your Excellency, the President of the Republic of Korea, and to other heads of state, departments and consulates:
People from all over the world are shocked and disturbed that the government of South Korea would consider building a navy base on Jeju Island. It is a moral crime to cover Jeju's fertile farmlands with concrete, and to destroy its rare, soft-coral reef. The Gangjeong villagers depend on their farms to live, and the planet depends on healthy reefs to live.
Jeju-do is sacred to all the people of the world, not only to the Korean people. Please do not allow Jeju Island to become militarized. If current tensions between China and the U.S. escalate in the South China Sea, if there is a naval base, the first target of attack by China will be Jeju Island. Please stop the militarization of Peace Island.
The South Korean government needs to listen to its people and not build a base to port US Navy Aegis missile destroyers and aircraft carriers. Please protect Peace Island and DO NOT BLAST THE GUREOMBI ROCKS! STOP CONSTRUCTION OF THE NAVY BASE!
(your name here)
Mr. Kim Kwan-Jin
Minister, Ministry of National Defense
No. 1, Yongsan-dong 3-ga
Yongsan-gu, Seoul # zip: 140-701
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Fax: +82 2 748 6895 / + 82-02-703-3109
Mr. Lee Myung-Bak
1 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Fax: +82 2 770 4751
Well, at least since y'day Pyeongyang's agitprop (via KCNA) - resp. its rants of hate - approached the level of al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad or any other religious fanatic organisation!
Just 'enjoy' the the following lines (yesterday's 1st KCNA 'commentary'):
Not content with holding the war drills against the DPRK, the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors dare point the finger at the sun. The group is the sworn enemies of the Koreans and hideous traitors to the nation who deserve death.
The army and the people are anxious to wage an all-people war of retaliation to mercilessly punish Lee Myung Bak, Kim Kwan Jin, Jong Sung Jo and all other traitors to the last man.
Time is running out for the group of traitors to stay under the sky.
The world will see what a miserable end the group will meet!
In plain English(^^): "Lee Myung-bak - F*ck You!!" (Pyeongyang/'김일성광장', 3.04)
And only few hours later KCNA's 2nd 'commentary' titled "To Finish off Traitor Lee Myung Bak Is Justice" got worse:
The whole world will soon know well that the DPRK's pledge of revenge is not an empty talk.
No one will be surprised to see such mad dogs as Lee Myung Bak, Kim Kwan Jin and Jong Sung Jo bombed to death or their heads to fall down on the ground.
The DPRK has already declared a merciless Holy War of its own style.
The KPA declared that it will chase them to settle accounts with them to the last, be they in Inchon or Seoul or elsewhere in the world.
Don't say this or that about means and form of this Holy War. Don't argue about a war or terrorism.
To finish off traitors is justice and a historic task to be carried out unconditionally with whatever effort.
It is not only a Holy War for freedom but the people's legitimate right to put a definite end to the misfortune of the Korean nation.
The DPRK's merciless sighting shots at the mad dogs will continue till its grudge is fully settled.
It will completely eliminate the barbarians so that the grudge of not only present generation but the generations to come is settled.
The mad dogs running amuck, unafraid of Heaven's punishment, will regret their birth on this earth.
Latest news & reports:
1.) As of today, March 4, movie critic Prof. Yang Yoon-Mo hits his 26th day hunger strike. He has done more than 70 days’ hunger strike including 59 days’ prison fast last year, but being arrested again on Jan. 30 when he protested especially upon violation on human rights - seeing the policemen getting order from the contracted companies’ thugs and ignoring the safety of woman activists - he has started his fast since he was moved to the Jeju Prison on Feb. 6. He says that with the start of main destruction in the Gureombi rock coast, he would stop even water and bits of salt that he has depended on for fast.
2.) Last Wednesday, despite fierce protests by residents, environmentalists and a range of politicians, the Lee Myung-bak administration gave the go-ahead to the long-stalled plan to build the naval base on Jeju Island, insisting on its completion by 2015! (JoongAng Ilbo, 3.01)
3.) Urgent: Serous violation on human rights - Gangjeong is now under martial law-like (2.28)
The Jeju media reports that the Jeju Solidarity for Participatory Self-Government & Environmental Preservation (http://jejungo.net/main/ ) has made public that 329 people have been arrested in the Gangjeong village struggling against naval base from Jan.18, 2010 to Feb. 27, 2012.
According to an article of the Seogwipo Daily News on Feb. 28, 2012, which cited the organizations’ report, some of the illegal mass arrests under the arbitrary charges are as the below:
On Jan. 18, 2010, 53 people (* including 47 villagers) were arrested under the charge of violation on the law on rally & demonstration and obstruction on execution on government affairs, when they opposed against the navy’s preparing for a groundbreaking ceremony event in the area of naval base business committee building complex.
On Sept. 2, 2011, 35 people were arrested under the charge of obstruction of business etc. when the navy illegally enforced fence in the Joongduk Samgeori (three-way-intersection).
On Dec. 27, 2011, 34 people were arrested under the charge of violation on the law on rally and demonstration etc., when they blocked cement mixer truck in front of main naval base construction gate in order to stop ongoing construction (destruction) enforced by the government despite publicly proved out base layout errors. (*The National Assembly would cut tremendous 96% budget for naval base in 2012 at the end of December, 2011, acknowledging the errors in the base layout and improper procedure in the process of naval base drive.)
On Feb. 26, 2012, 20 people were arrested. It included 10 international peace activists and 6 Korean activists who joined the Jeju International Peace Conference (the 20th annual meeting of Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, as well) and stepped on the Gureombi rocky coast. They were all falsely charged of damage on properties (*simply for the reason of their grasping barbed wire razor to safely cross underneath it). Four people were also arrested in front of the Seogwipo Police station on the same night when people protested against the illegal arrest of 16 people in that morning. An international woman was even demanded by police women of showing her passport when she was out of toilet in the police station. International activists arrested were threatened with forceful finger prints. A navy named Cho Young-Rok tried to spy on the activists, masking him as a translator for an international activist taken away to the Seogwipo police station.
For reference, beside above, four villages have been arrested on Feb. 27 when the police units of special mobile force from the main land prevented people from putting kayaks on the sea. During the process of resistance against it, a village woman worrier, Kim Mi-Ryang , being pushed back by police, was fallen down over the concrete pavement, along with Benj, a French citizen, who swooned for a while. But the policemen ignored them and continued to push back crowd despite the risk of life threat to them. A policeman among them even pressured a neck of Kim with his foot in the police shoe. When her older brother tried to save her and find the very policeman, the police in group strangling his neck and forcefully folding back his arms, beat him to the bruise of all his body. Her younger brother was also arrested for same reason. Though the younger brother has not been greatly injured, he was very upset to see his sister being violently dealt with and Benj and villagers -being arrested or not- having been gotten small and big injuries during the protest process. (*The same police units began to block even people’s container stored of kayaks on Feb. 28, which is totally illegal)
Recently with the President Lee Myung-Bak’s public announcement to enforce the naval base project on Feb. 22, followed by the Prime Minister Office’s more detailed announcement on Feb. 27 to enforce the project, in which it clearly expressed its will to suppress on the opponents’ resistance, more intimidating violation on human rights are concerned about in coming days...
4.) Impressions from the "Solidarity Concert" to support the struggle against the Jeju Naval Base (Seoul, 3.02):
For more updated info please check out: No Naval Base on Jeju! (Facebook)
One of today's 'top' issues in the int'l media: North Korea pledges to halt nuclear programme in exchange for US aid (Guardian, UK)...
The full text of the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman's statement is as follows (according to KCNA):
Delegations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States of America (U.S.) met in Beijing, China on 23rd and 24th of February for the third round of the high-level talks between the DPRK and the U.S.
Present at the talks were the delegation of the DPRK headed by Kim Kye Gwan, the First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the delegation of the U.S. headed by Glyn Davies, the Special Representative of the State Department for the DPRK Policy.
The talks, continuation of the two previous DPRK-U.S. high-level talks held respectively in July and October, 2011, offered a venue for sincere and in-depth discussion of issues concerning the measures aimed at building confidence for the improvement of relations between the DPRK and the U.S. as well as issues related with ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and resumption of the six-party talks.
Both the DPRK and the U.S. reaffirmed their commitments to the September 19 Joint Statement and recognized that the 1953 Armistice Agreement is the cornerstone of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula until the conclusion of a peace treaty.
Both the DPRK and the U.S. agreed to make a number of simultaneous moves aimed at building confidence as part of the efforts to improve the relations between the DPRK and the U.S.
The U.S. reaffirmed that it no longer has hostile intent toward the DPRK and that it is prepared to take steps to improve the bilateral relations in the spirit of mutual respect for sovereignty and equality.
The U.S. also agreed to take steps to increase people-to-people exchanges, including in the areas of culture, education, and sports.
The U.S. promised to offer 240,000 metric tons of nutritional assistance with the prospect of additional food assistance, for which both the DPRK and the U.S. would finalize the administrative details in the immediate future.
The U.S. made it clear that sanctions against the DPRK are not targeting the civilian sector, including the livelihood of people.
Once the Six-Party Talks are resumed, priority will be given to the discussion of issues concerning the lifting of sanctions on the DPRK and provision of light water reactors.
Both the DPRK and the U.S. affirmed that it is in mutual interest to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, improve the relations between the DPRK and the U.S., and push ahead with the denuclearization through dialogue and negotiations.
Both sides agreed to continue the talks.
The DPRK, upon request by the U.S. and with a view to maintaining positive atmosphere for the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks, agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests, long-range missile launches, and uranium enrichment activity at Yongbyon and allow the IAEA to monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment while productive dialogues continue.
☞ North Korea halts nuclear programme (AlJazeera)
☞ Obama's North Korean card (Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel)
☞ Lee dealt out of high-stakes Korean game (Asia Times, HK)
☞ Seoul says steps still needed for 6-way talks (Korea Times)