Ever growing strugglel against FTA


On November 3 some 5,000 people from different social standings including workers, farmers, youth and students held in Seoul a rally for checking the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement with the US.

The participants noted that the damages due to the FTA conclusion cannot be estimated and asserted that they should check by all means the FTA conclusion which sells off the people’s right to existence to foreign forces, lock, stock and barrel.

After the rally the participants launched a demo.

The demonstrators marched toward the “National Assembly” building chanting such slogans as “Let us smash the GNP hell-bent on ratifying the FTA in the NA!” and “We oppose the FTA!”.

They undauntedly fought in face of the fascist policemen who ran amuck in suppressing them firing water cannons.

Candlelit rallies against the FTA conclusion take place almost everyday throughout south Korea.

On November 4 candlelit rallies to denounce the GPN’s moves to forcefully railroad the motion calling for FTA ratification were held in Seoul and Busan with the members of civic organizations, popular masses including workers, farmers, youth and students, housewives and opposition personages attended.

On November 5 and 6 candlelit rallies were held in Seoul under the sponsorship of the “All-people Movement Headquarters to Check the Conclusion of South Korea-US FTA”.

The FTA conclusion will make south Korea a complete colony of the US, the participants condemned and called for waging the struggle to the last by the concerted efforts of all people in order to foil the ratification of the ruinous FTA.

Let Us Defend Right to Existence with Struggle

On November 13, there took place the 2011 national workers’ rally for checking the south Korea-US FTA and inheriting martyr Jon Tae-il at the plaza before the Seoul City Office.

Participated there were some 20,000 workers affiliated to the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and figures from opposition parties, the National Federation of Peasants Associations, the National Teachers’ Union, the National Problems Institute and other civic organizations.

Now in the society the conglomerates get the biggest benefits in history whereas the workers are going more miserable and the people’s living is further deteriorated due to the authorities’ moves to conclude the FTA with the US amidst the people’s right to existence getting totally trampled down, the participants denounced.

The representative of the Democratic Labor Party and the chairman of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions said that now is the high time to frustrate the FTA conclusion which enforces the people’s sacrifice and to wage the dynamic struggle to overthrow the government and the Grand National Party. They asserted that the workers will launch the struggle to dissolve the GNP and dethrone the government in solidarity with all like-minded forces if the moves to conclude the humiliating FTA persist.

Meanwhile, an all-people candlelit rally against the FTA was held at the same plaza that day under the sponsorship of the All-People’s Movement Headquarters to Check South Korea-US FTA with tens of thousands people of all walks of life including the workers from across south Korea and opposition assemblymen.

As long as the current government which stakes its fate on the pro-US sycophancy is in power, the people’s right to existence can never be secured.

Only with the undaunted struggle they can realize the democratic rights and true living.

S. Korean Prosecution Indicts Pro-Reunification Figures

Pyongyang, November 13 (KCNA) — The south Korean fascist prosecution brought a suit against four core members of the Youth and Students Solidarity for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration on Nov. 10 on charges of the violation of the notorious “National Security Law.”
The puppet Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office charged that they held seminars on the Songun politics and symposiums on reunification from 2006 to 2010, publicizing and praising the Songun politics.
The prosecution had already demanded arrest warrants for two of them in May only to be rejected. It raised the same demand again lately, finally detaining and indicting them on Oct. 12.

Hungnam Fertilizer Complex

Pyongyang, October 28 (KCNA) — The Hungnam Fertilizer Complex, a giant base of chemical industry in the DPRK, began producing fertilizers with raw materials available in the country, while cutting down the consumption of electricity.
The complex completed a large-scale ammonia production process, the first-stage gasification project.
The project makes it possible to produce fertilizers with lignite rich in east coastal areas as raw materials, while sharply reducing the production cost and remarkably increasing the output.
The project was finished in the wake of a large-scale anthracite gasification project completed on a modern basis at the Namhung Youth Chemical Complex on the west coast of the country. The completed projects are a triumph of President Kim Il Sung’s idea of building a self-reliant chemical industry and a result of the country’s self-supporting economy.
The Hungnam Fertilizer Complex plays an important role in the nation’s grain output.
The Japanese imperialists built a fertilizer factory there in 1927 when they were occupying Korea, with the aim of solving the food shortage in Japan.
But they severely demolished the factory when they suffered a defeat in the Second World War.
Though it was rebuilt after the liberation of the country, it was reduced to ashes again in the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953).
After the ceasefire, the factory was reconstructed on a modern and enlarged basis.
In his lifetime, the President provided field guidance to the complex many times to indicate ways for its development. His famous proposition “Fertilizer immediately means rice and rice, socialism” came during his field guidance to the complex.
General Secretary Kim Jong Il took a measure to update the complex’s production processes so that they could be based on domestically available raw materials.
The complex is now working on the second-stage gasification project.

Census Atlas Published

Pyongyang, October 28 (KCNA) — An atlas showing census results in the form of geographical distribution was published in the DPRK recently.
The book gives the census results, divided into administrative districts, population, families, education and dwelling houses.
Each map has relevant explanations.
The atlas was made in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund.

KCNA Commentary on By-election to Local Self-governing Bodies in S. Korea

Pyongyang, October 28 (KCNA) — The Grand National Party of south Korea suffered bitter defeat in the by-election to local self-governing bodies on Wednesday.
A candidate from the camp for democratic reform won the Seoul mayoralty called “junior presidency” in the by-election to fill up 30 odd vacancies.
He gained 53.4 percent of the vote to defeat his rival from the GNP who garnered 46.2 percent.
The GNP clan employed every possible form of tactics to win in the Seoul mayoral race, seen as a key test of voter sentiment ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections next year, but in vain.
It was defeated in the election to local autonomous bodies last year and the by-election in April this year.
The GNP’s succession of defeats eloquently shows that the fate of political philistines of south Korea who betrayed the people can never change.
The election results are the severe judgment delivered by the people on the south Korean ruling quarters which pursued traitorous and unpopular policy against reunification through flunkeyism, treachery, confrontation with fellow countrymen, unpopular rule, irregularities and corruption, thereby violating independence and democracy, driving the people to destitution and bedeviling the north-south relations.
As history proved, the traitorous regime, which relies on outsiders while betraying its own nation and people, can not last long nor evade the fate of evening twilight.
The south Korean conservative forces are despicable pro-U.S. sycophants and traitors who remain in power by selling the interests of the nation to outsiders.
No sooner had the group come to power than it offered political, economic and military all other fields to the U.S. It even did not hesitate to perpetrate the crime of forging military tie-up with the sworn enemy Japan.
The group is made up unpardonable anti-reunification elements as it marred the north-south relations, while blocking national reconciliation and unity.
The north-south relations that had favorably developed after the publication of the June 15 joint declaration suddenly came to a stalemate since the GNP came to power.
Out of its sinister intention to do harm to the north militarily, the group regularly staged joint military exercises with outsiders and orchestrated serious provocations, driving the situation to the brink of war. As a result, the north and the south of Korea faced extreme mistrust and military confrontation.
The three years of the conservative group in power were rife with crimes it committed by enforcing the policy in favor of the rich and plutocrats and exploiting people to meet their own greedy interests.
The GNP has pursued unpopular economic policy representing the interests of only a handful of the privileged despite its lip-service for “pro-common people policy”. This has worsened the social evil of “the rich getting ever richer and the poor ever poorer” and deteriorated the people’s livelihood.
The unemployed flood the streets and toiling masses are suffering from sky-rocketing prices of goods, taxes and registration fees. A lot of hopeless people commit suicides and the south Korean society is going rotten with all sorts of crimes, illegality and corruption pervading it. This is the reality brought about by the GNP which committed to “policy bringing hope to people”.
Now south Koreans deplore the difficult living conditions, saying “everyday is like living in the hell,” “everything has become worse,” “it has become more difficult to live,” “the hands of clock of democratization has gone back to that in the 1980s”. This reflects their mindset.
South Korean media describe the defeat of the conservative group and victory of the democratic forces as super political storm.
The table has tilted in disfavor of the traitorous regime.

Britons Slash at GIs’ Sexual Assaults

Pyongyang, October 25 (KCNA) — The British Association for the Study of Songun Policy, the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea and the British Branch of the Korean Friendship Association issued a joint statement on October 13 in denunciation of GIs’ barbarous sexual assaults on teenage girl students of south Korea.
The statement strongly charged that the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops committed sexual assaults on girl students in south Korea.
The U.S. troops present in south Korea have a long history of crimes such as murder of Yun Kum I and killing of girl students Sin Hyo Sun and Sim Mi Son, it said, and continued:
Murder, rape, theft and all other crimes by GIs have been downplayed by the south Korean puppet government.
We demand that those who committed heinous crimes against the south Korean girl students be brought to court and punished.
Crimes committed by the U.S. imperialists against the south Koreans should be no longer pardoned.

Sino-DPRK Friendship, Treasure Common to Two Peoples: Li Keqiang

Pyongyang, October 25 (KCNA) — I was pleased to pay an official goodwill visit to the DPRK, said Li Keqiang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the Communist Party of China and vice-premier of the State Council of China.
He went on:
China and the DPRK are friendly neighbors linked by the same mountain and rivers.
The friendship between the peoples of the two countries has a long history.
The two countries weathered all sorts of hardships and difficulties of history, supporting and cooperating with each other.
The Sino-DPRK friendship was provided and cultivated by revolutionaries of the elder generation.
This struck deep roots among the peoples of the two countries.
General Secretary Kim Jong Il visited China several times, making a great contribution to the development of the bilateral friendship.
The meeting between General Secretary Hu Jintao and Kim Jong Il marked a historical event which brought the relations of the two countries on to a new higher stage.
The Sino-DPRK friendship is a treasure common to the peoples of the two countries.
The party and government of China attach utmost importance to the Sino-DPRK friendship which stood the test of history and greatly set store by it.
We will join the Korean comrades in consolidating the relations of friendship and cooperation and steadily developing them on a new stage in line with the agreement reached between the top leaders of the two countries in the spirit of “inheriting the tradition, facing up to the future, building good-neighborly friendship and strengthening cooperation.”
While staying in the DPRK we saw the resourceful and brave Korean people achieving successes in various domains while overcoming difficulties.
The Korean people are working hard to build a thriving nation under the guidance of the Workers’ Party of Korea led by Kim Jong Il.
We rejoice over our own over the achievements made by the Korean people in various fields.
We will join the DPRK side in making efforts to steadily deepen exchange and cooperation in all domains and thus bring the peoples of the two countries greater happiness.