26 July 2011
KOREA URGENT ACTION: Sign petitions, contact international community regarding construction of U.S./South Korean naval base on Jeju Island.
CPT has a fraternal relationship with the Korean peace organization, The Frontiers. Suha Oh from The Frontiers produced the ten minute video about CPT available on the website (See http://www.cpt.org/about/cpt_video.) Frontiers associates Paco Michelson and Hee Eun Park, who have gone through CPT training, were preparing to leave for Jeju Island on Sunday.
For background information on the struggle of people on Jeju Island to prevent a U.S./South Korean naval base from being constructed there, go to http://signon.org/sign/save-jeju-island-no-naval?source=c.url&r_by=362758Thanks and sign the petition. Below is an update and request for further action.
As you read this, 1,200 police in riot gear are descending upon Gangjeong village, the site of resistance to the US/ROK naval base; 500 are from the mainland peninsula and 700 from Jeju.
Last week, undercover police arrested three leaders. They released village Chief Kang Dong Kyun, but Brother Song Kang Ho and Ko Kwon Il still remain in prison along with peace activist Choi Sung-hee, who has been in prison since 19 May 2011
The villagers and activists say that they are ready for nonviolent resistance, including the forceful removal of their bodies from Gangjeong village. They are there to protect the land and defend the rights of the villagers to preserve their community and way of life.
Please, take three minutes and do three simple actions:
1. Contact Un General Secretary Ban Ki Moon and let him know that he cannot ignore the grave human rights violations taking place in his homeland against the villagers of Gangjeong village: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Email the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and urge them to send human rights monitors to Gangjeong Village immediately: http://www.amnesty.org/en/contact
3. Please forward this petition to five friends and family. Four Americans will be traveling to Gangjeong village on July 28 . That morning, we will hold a press conference outside of the Blue House and deliver this petition to the South Korean President Lee’s administration. We need to have 10,000 signatures. As of now, we have nearly 2,300. You can help us reach the 10,000 signatories goal by Thursday, July 28th. http://signon.org/sign/save-jeju-island-no-naval?source=s.em.cr&r_by=367997
If we want world peace, we must take action together as a global community to save this island, an ecologically majestic UNESCO world heritage site, from becoming a naval base that stages Aegis destroyers in preparation for war.
Here is an excerpt of a letter from Brother Song in prison:
If the Navy and government listened to local residents and proceeded with proper steps, the villagers would not have fought against the naval base construction for five years. The Navy pushes the construction of the naval base regardless of the destruction of the Gangjeong community. Not knowing the law, more than fifty innocent farmers became law-breakers and were punished. More than 50 million won [Korean currency] has been paid in fines. And I also went to prison for the first time in my entire life. I was a cowardly young man, hiding myself in the times of military dictatorship during the 1970s-1980s. For atonement, I served in places lie Aceh [an autonomous region under Indonesian rule], Haiti, and all kinds of conflict areas over the world. Now I am trying to stop the insane construction of this naval base for the sake of the justice of our nation and the peace of Northeast Asia, as well as to keep the promise to the global society of preserving the ecosphere.
Please take action now. We must spring into action now.
The Global Campaign to Save Jeju Island