The 12 Waitresses that were abducted by the National Intelligence Service(NIS) of south Korea in April 2016, are still being held in south Korea against their free will. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) have demanded their return to their families in Pyongyang, but the south Korean authorities have claimed that it was a matter of defection. The DPRK have always claimed that this was an operation orchestrated by the NIS. The truth can no longer be covered up, no matter how much the criminal authorities of the puppet regime is trying. Tomás Ojea Quintana(Argentina), the United Nations special rapporteur, said Tuesday at a news conference in Seoul, the South’s capital, that some of the women who defected had confirmed part of that version of events in interviews with him. The abduction took place under the corrupt rule of Park Geun Hye, whom was later impeached and sentenced to two consecutive sentences of a total of 32 years behind bars for abuse of power and corruption. During her rule, trade unionists were sentenced to long prison sentences, trade unions were banned and also the third largest party in south Korea, the Unified Progressive Party, was banned.
The neo-liberal policies and authoritarian rule of Park Geun Hye, was popular among the big corporations, but not among the Korean people in the south. She was impeached in 2017, after a popular rising. The abduction took place about a year prior to her impeachment. It is now confirmed that it was indeed an operation carried out by the NIS, and Park Geun Hye executed the order. In an interview in May of 2018 with the south Korean news channel JTBC, the women’s manager, Heo Kang Il, said he had conspired with NIS officers to bring the women to the south. Heo Kang Il was a part of the traitorous group of Jang Song Thaek who conspired to “opening up” the DPRK (aka the restoration of capitalism). He told the waitresses they were being transferred to another restaurant in Southeast Asia from their then current location, Ningbo, China. He also said: “It was luring and kidnapping, and I know because I took the lead”. Neither Tomás Ojea Quintana nor JTBC have been able to interview all of the 12 abductees. Mr. Heo said he decided to speak out because after he defected, Park was impeached and the NIS never gave him the rewards it had promised. He said he also realized, after arriving in the South, that the timing of the group’s defection was moved up more than a month to help rally conservative votes in parliamentary elections.
“They had me believe that this was a big patriotic operation,” he said. “But they used me and then shot me in the back.”
While the UN investigation backs up the line of the DPRK which contradicts the south Korean officials, who still claim that it was a case of defection, facts remains- south Korean authorities have committed serious crimes and gross human rights violations. While inter-Korean progress are being made since Moon Jae In took office as president of south Korea, and family reunions is being a hot topic, it goes without saying that no new abductions can take place and these recent crimes of the Park Geun Hye regime can not be covered up for by the new administration of Moon Jae In.
Even do south Korean president, Moon Jae In, moves towards reunification is applauded by all progressive forces on the Korean peninsula, the crimes of Park Geun Hye must never be forgotten. The common practice of capitalist countries of pardoning rich and influential criminals so they can go unpunished for their crimes, will never be tolerated. Park and her henchmen must be punished for their crimes against the Korean people!