Join us at the Trocadero in Paris, France to support peace and justice in the South Korean island of Jeju. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the only one in the world crowned with all three UNESCO Natural Science Preserve categories: Biosphere (2002), Word Heritage (2007) and Geoparc (2010).
For the past 5 years, the 1,500 inhabitants of Jeju’s Ganjeong village have been leading a peaceful struggle against the construction of a vast naval base on one of Jeju’s most culturally significant sites. Against mounting local and international objections, the South Korean government recently forced through a bill authorizing the construction of this base, the largest of its kind, and a key component of the US military’s plan to encircle and contain China. Korea’s historic “Eden Island” is poised to become the focal point of armed tension in East Asia. Villagers and activists who have peacefully opposed the construction have been systematically harassed, beaten and imprisoned by government forces.
We urge the Korean government to put an end to this unjust and anti-democratic assault on Korea’s cultural heritage and to stand up for the rights of the Korean people, whom they are sworn to represent and protect. We urge them to protect the culture, the national heritage, and the safety of their own sons and daughters; and to stand up for peace, justice, and self-determination, rather than the imposed interests of a belligerent military-industrial complex.
Sunday 6th May 2012 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Trocadero in Paris, France
Activities will include poetry readings, modern and traditional Korean dance, and candlelight vigil for peace and justice. Initiated by 2012 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Angie Zelter, this international protest is being held in a network of cities throughout the world, including Berlin, Frankfurt, New York, Washington D.C., Fukuoaka and Paris.
May 5th Washington DC, USA ; Lafayette Park in front of the White House from 2 to 4 pm (contact : kangjungDC@gmail.com)
May 6th Paris, FRANCE; on the Human rights’ forecourt in Trocadero,
from 3 to 6 pm (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 6th, Fukuoka, JAPAN; in front of Korean Consulate from 2 to 3 pm (contact: email@example.com)
May 9th London, UK ; outside the Republic of Korea Embassy from 2 to 5 pm (contact : Angie Zelter, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44-(0)1547-520929, 078-3535-4652)
May 9th Berlin, GERMANY ; Paris Square in front the Brandenberg Gate from 3 to 6 pm (contact : email@example.com)
May 9 th Frankfurt, GERMANY; in front of Korean General Consulate from 3 to 4 pm and in front of City Hall from 4:30 to 6 pm (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 12th New York, USA ; Union Square from 3 to 5 pm (contact: email@example.com)
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