KFA Ireland held a successful commemoration for the 65th anniversary of the provocation of the Korean War/Fatherland Liberation War outside the General Post Office, O´Connell Street, Dublin. Many good discussions took place and many flyers were exchanged. Besides some tourists from the US who shouted about that the Koreans wanted the US to occupy their land, most discussions were with people who were curious about the DPRK and our position on Korea but also many anti-imperialists who expressed their support for the Korean people’s struggle and that the US had nothing to do in Korea.
END THE ARMISTICE – SIGN A PEACE TREATY IN THE KOREAN WAR
65 years have passed since the provocation of the Korean War, one of the longest ongoing confrontations in the world. The South Korean puppet regime was led by Syngman Rhee, the US-educated-and-sponsored dictator, whose vibrancy was demonstrated by the large-scale slaughter of his leftist political opponents. For 22 years, Rhee’s word was law, and many thousands of his political opponents were murdered and tens of thousands were jailed or driven into exile. South Korea have a long history of suppressing popular movements and uprisings, resulting in countless deaths, since its illegitimate founding. Syngman Rhee was finally thrown out of the country in the April Popular Uprising in 1960, and he was ferried to safety in a CIA helicopter as crowds converged on the presidential palace. It’s a fact, that without US involvement, the Korean War would never have happened and millions of people wouldn’t have had to die and families wouldn’t have had to be separated for 65 years, to this day.
For the 60th anniversary of the “end” of the war, President Obama addressed his veterans:
“That war was no tie. Korea was a victory. When 50 million South Koreans live in freedom, a vibrant democracy…a stark contrast to the repression and poverty of the North, that is a victory and that is your legacy.”
South Korea wasn’t a democracy back then and it’s still not today. The National Security Law of South Korea forbids anyone to have for example litterature that can be considered socialist or just using an honorary title for Marshal Kim Jong Un for example, would get you a good few years behind bars. Since the banning of the Unified Progressive Party in December 2014, which was represented in the South Korean parliament and was also the third largest party, can South Korea still be considered a democracy? Apparently in President Obama’s opinion.
When we today hear about a reunification of Korea, it’s always the scenario of a reunification under a South Korean/US rule, like the reunification of Germany, as that has always been the vision of the US imperialists in order to have a boarder to Russia and China, but what never is reported is the progresses of the June 15 Joint Declaration between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) and South Korea. The Joint Declaration includes that the DPRK and South Korea will resolve the question of reunification independently, without foreign involvement, under the principle of a federation between the two Korean states. The DPRK and South Korea has agreed to consolidate mutual trust by promoting balanced development of the national economy through economic cooperation and by stimulating cooperation and exchanges in civic, cultural, sports, health, environmental and all other fields.
A German-style reunification is not possible in Korea as the DPRK have built their own socialist system based on the conditions of Korea where the Workers’ Party of Korea always managed to serve as a beacon of independence for all of the Korean people. The Korean people know what the US imperialists are like as they have been plagued by them through the war and the division of their country, but also as the imperialists haven’t changed their approach and confrontation has always been their way to get what they want.
We demand an unconditional withdrawal of the increasing number of US troops in Korea, which today numbers to almost 30,000 and for the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea!
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