From Javier Garate at WRI:
Stop the attack on Gangjeong villagers in Jeju Island on,January 31Honorable President Park Geun-hye,
I am writing to you to urge you to stop the attacks on the villagers of
Gangjeong. I know many of them personally and I am horrified to learn
that you plan a major assault tomorrow on their human rights to protect
their village lands and seas from militarisation.
I have visited the peace museum on Jeju and also the British Archives in
London and know that between 1948 and 1949, around 40,000 people in Jeju
Island were massacred by the South Korean army which was at the time
under the control of the U.S. Interim Military Government. The massacre
also destroyed more than 50 percent of homes, burnt forests and left a
deep trauma in the survivors and refugees. Please do not repeat any of
this tragic history.
The planet is at a crucial time of change. The old ways of fear, wars
and the build up of weapons has got to stop. The military, industrial
growth at any costs practices, are destroying our planet and climate
change is happening very fast now. To survive with any semblance of our
humanity intact we must all enable people to live sustainably and in
peace. Gangjeong is a village that can lead the way, producing food of
good quality at a time when a food crash is predicted very shortly.
Please do not destroy it by allowing the USA to continue building a
naval base and then using it in their planned war against China.
I have learned that on January 31, 2015, more than 1000 police supported
by the Korean army are expected to forcefully disband
villagers and activists who have been engaging in a peaceful 24-hour
protest in front of the construction site of the new housing for 3000
navy personnel. We respectfully request that you stop the planned attack
on Gangjeong villagers by the Korean army and police.
You promised a departure from the iron-fisted policies of your
predecessor, declaring your intention to lead the nation based on a
policy of social consensus, respect for human rights, and justice. We
urge you to keep your promise.
Please listen to your own inner voice and spirit and for humanitarian reasons stop the planned attack on Gangejong villagers on January 31st.
In peace and love, Angie Zelter, UK.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.