The Struggle for Jeju Island
The South Korean Government is constructing a naval base on Jeju Island to berth Aegis war ships (38 such ships form part of President Obama's US missile defence system). Officially named an "Island of Peace" by the late President Roh Moo Hyun, Jeju was the site of a 1948 massacre in which more than 30,000 civilians were estimated to have been slaughtered during a democratic uprising.
Building the base will destroy the environment - the coral reefs etc - and people's lives and livelihoods - local fishermen and related jobs etc. Also, located strategically in the Korea Strait, the island's potential to become a military target in the event of an armed conflict in this tense region would increase exponentially with the addition of a naval base.
This is happening through strong US pressure and lots of US money. The threat this poses to the men, women and children of Jeju Island is unconscionable, and it can be avoided through halting the base construction.
Professor Yang Yoon-Mo of Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (ROK South Korea) was released from jail on June 1st after a 60 day hunger strike which seriously compromised his health. He was in prison for trying to prevent Gangjeong village on Jeju Island from being destroyed.
A good article on the conflict:
One Island Village's Struggle for Land, Life,and Peace
South Korea wants Jeju Island to become one of UNESCO's places of World
Cultural Heritage but at the same time they want to destroy it by building a
You can also hear and pass on Bruce Gagnon telling the story to Dennis Bernstein at KPFA in Berkeley when Prof Yoon-Mo was on the 51st day of hunger strike. You can hear that interview here:
Flashpoints - May 24, 2011 at 5:00pm
Click to listen (or download)
Sign the on-line petition to: Save Jeju Island - No Naval Base - Here
Support for Gangjeong Villagers
See also: Report from GN Peace envoy MacGregor Eddy ...
Global Network 2012 Space Organizing
Conference in Hawaii and Jeju Island, South Korea
Selected from posts by Bruce Gagnon and others: