Briefs on the Anti-US anti-war struggle in south Korea
10.7-10-The Student Joint Measure Committee of the for Checking the Troop Dispatch to Iraqi and Realizing Peace on the Korean Peninsula organized the first voting among the students of the 37 universities on the issue of the additional troop dispatch to Iraq.
Seventy seven percent of the students participated in the ballot rejected the troop dispatch.
The student committee decided to hold the ballot among one million students by the end of October and conduct a demonstration on a regional scale.
10.14-The 49th anti-US solidarity rally was held under the co-auspices of the People's Action to Revise the Unequal ¡°SOFA¡± between south Korea and the US, ¡°Those Opening Peace and Reunification¡± and the Headquarters of the Movement for Returning the Yongsan US Military Bases, in the Open Civic Garden near the US Embassy in Seoul.
practice team of the Democratic Labor Party held a press conference before the
US Embassy in regard to the growing
It published a protest message titled ¡°The US, stop the request of the troop dispatch to the aggressive war¡±.
-Some 30 Catholic
organizations involving the ¡°Korean Catholic Priest¡¯s Council for Justice¡±, the ¡°Catholic Human Rights Committee¡± and the Catholic
Youth for Peace, formed the ¡°Catholic Solidarity to Oppose the Troop Dispatch
10.16-The chairman of the national reunification committee of the Seoul
Area Federation of University Student Councils issued a struggle appeal to
dynamically conduct the movement to maintain peace against the
-Twenty six organizations including ¡°Those Opening Peace and Reunification¡±, the Civic Solidarity for Peace and Reunification, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, the National Coalition of the Poor and the south Korean Confederation of the Women¡¯s Organizations and other personages from different strata, held a press conference in Seoul on the occasion of issuing the ¡°declaration of the different personages opposing the increase of the defense budget and the troop dispatch to Iraq¡±.
10.18-The south Korean authorities decided to dispatch additional
Emergent Action to Oppose the Additional Troop Dispatch to
They waged the signature campaign to reject the troop dispatch in Seoul, Busan, Daejon and other places, and in the evening a drive to oppose the troop dispatch among the citizens by staging the candlelight demo in solidarity with Hanchongryon before the Gate Gwanghwa, Seoul.
co-sponsorship of the People's Emergent Action to Oppose the Additional Troop
After the rally,
the students occupied the Chongno intersection
chanting such slogans ¡°We reject the troop dispatch! We oppose the
for the ¡°National People's Solidarity¡± issued a statement entitled ¡°We bitterly
denounce the decision to send the troops to
Confederation of Trade Unions published a statement to denounce the government
decision of additional troop dispatch to
-The South Headquarters of Beomchonghakryon issued a statement titled ¡°The government, repeal immediately the traitorous decision of troop dispatch and apologize before the people¡±.
-The All-People's Measure Committee for the Schoolgirls Killed by the US Armored Vehicle issued a statement to denounce the government decision of additional troop dispatch.
Reunification Solidarity for Realizing the June 15 South-North Joint
Declaration and Peace on the
10.19-The People's Emergent Action to Oppose the Additional Troop Dispatch to Iraq held a press conference at the Open Civic Garden in the Gate Gwanghwa, Seoul, to condemn the government decision of troop dispatch as ¡°a destructive act to democracy and a treachery to the people's trust¡±.
It stressed that it will respond to the MPs favorable for the additional troop dispatch with more active struggle including the defeating drive in the general elections next year.
-The students of the ¡°National Solidarity of the Student Struggle¡± staged a surprise demo chanting such slogan ¡°Repeal the decision of troop dispatch participating in the US Iraq war, an aggressive war¡±.
the Democratic Labor Party and the New United Party opposed the government
decision of additional troop dispatch to
The DLP spokesman issued a commentary to demand the government ¡°to make public the process of the decision making¡±.
Ten-odd members affiliated to the ¡°Anti-war Peace Assemblymen¡¯s Group¡± held a press conference to express their opposition to the additional troop dispatch.
Im Jong-sok, assemblyman from the New
United Party, began a hunger-strike from the day to oppose the government
decision of additional troop dispatch to
He asserted that he would resign from the parliament immediately in case the motion of the dispatch was passed at the parliament.
-The chairman of the Federation of University Student Councils in
-The National Council
of the Women Students¡¯ Representatives published a statement to denounce the
government decision of additional troop dispatch to
-Hanchognryon spokesperson made public a commentary titled ¡°Don¡¯t send troops¡±.
the preparatory committee of the ¡°National Solidarity of the Student Struggle¡±
conducted a surprise demo in front of Cheong
to oppose the decision of additional troop dispatch to
They distributed leaflets carrying a statement in the name of ¡°the students demanding the revocation of the decision of the troop dispatch¡±.
The statement stressed, ¡°we declare we continue the struggle until the decision of the dispatch was revoked¡± and ¡°the government, repeal the decision of troop dispatch to the slaughtering war, aggressive war¡±.
10.20-The Seoul Area Federation
of University Student Councils issued a statement to reject the troop dispatch
Headquarters of Beomchonghakryon declared a sit-in
strike to maintain peace against the
-The regional standing committee of Federation of University Student Councils in the Eastern Seoul region issued a struggle appeal for the period of the campaign to maintain peace against the US and war.
10.21-The ¡°Those Opening Peace and Reunification¡± and the Council for Independence, Democracy and Reunification, held a press conference in front of the US 8th Army Command in Seoul to declare the nullification of the memorandum of the agreement to transfer the Yongsan Garrison, manipulated by the US pressure.
Reunification Solidarity held a press conference in front of the US Embassy to demand
the conclusion of a non-aggression treaty between
-The spokesman for the Solidarity for Implementing the South-North Joint Declaration published a statement titled ¡°Abandon the ignominious cooperation of war¡±.
Committee of the Reunification Solidarity held a rally at the
-The Law Students
of Korea and
10.23- The Youth
and Students Committee comprising 25 organizations including ¡°the Korean
Council of the Youth Organizations¡±, held a press
conference to oppose the additional troop dispatch to
The Seoul Area Federation of University Student Councils rushed headlong into an indefinite hunger strike from the day led by the council of the chairmen.
10.24-The People's Emergency Action to Oppose the Additional Troop Dispatch to Iraq staged a rally in the university street to call for the revocation of the decision of the troop dispatch with participation of more than 5,000 people and conducted a demo to the Tabgol Park.
The Lawyers for Democratic Society held a press conference followed by a rally.
students under Hanchongryon launched a sit-in strike
demanding the repeal of the decision of the troop dispatch to
candlelight rally to revise the SOFA, denounce the
Headquarters of Beomchonghakryon issued a statement
titled ¡°The US should know straight that there is no alternative other than the
abandonment of the hostile policy toward
10.27-The All-People Measure Committee for the Schoolgirls Killed by the US Armored Vehicle published a statement to denounce the suppression of the government against those who participated in the struggle to oppose the troop dispatch.
10.31-The chairwoman of the Strike Group for Anti-US Anti-war Peace of Beomchonghakryon issued an appeal to the youth and students.