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Lee administration 'should be judged by the spirits of the 4.3 uprising'Laborers from all parts of the country assemble in Jeju to protest on behalf of massacre victims
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승인 2011.04.04  14:47:25
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▲ Protesters march from Jeju City Hall, April 3.

On the 63rd anniversary of the April 3 Massacre, approximately 1,000 labor union members and workers from around the country gathered in front of Jeju City Hall to protest the Lee Myung Bak administration’s recent handling of 4.3, stating: “[The Lee Administration] which is the symbol of anti-people, anti-peace, and anti-labor, should be judged by the spirits of 4.3 uprising.”

“At this point in time, when the truth of 4.3 is not completely revealed, the government has committed an act of brutality by cutting all budgets for 4.3,” said Kim Young Hoon, chairman of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.

“A number of people who resisted against the sole government in South Korea 63-years-ago were brutally killed by the Rhee administration,” he said. “However, the current administration has an irrational idea of making a memorial hall for Syngman Rhee.”

“The construction of a naval base aggravates the peace on the Korean peninsula. Now the government is trying to introduce the profit-base hospital as a test bed. The current government is using Jeju as an experimental tool,” he shouted.

Cho Seung Soo, representative of the Liberal New Party, and Hong Hee Duk, member of the Democratic Labor Party, participated in the protest to encouraged laborer workers.

Cho and Hong also conveyed words of condolences and consolation for the April 3 Massacre victims and their families.

“We are sincerely sorry for the bereaved 4.3 victims, who have suffered from heartache for more than 60 years,” Hong said. “I will take the lead to never allow this kind of murder by the government in the future.”

“The Democratic Labor Party and local laborers should cooperate to form a true liberal party,” he said.

“The current government tries to establish the naval base in Jeju, which could possibly threaten the peace of Northeast Asia. It also takes the lead in suppressing laborers,” said Cho. “Jeju should not be an island of uprising. Jeju should become a true island of peace. We should collaborate to drive MB administration out.”

“We should not only remember the spirit of Jeju Uprising, which is the history of struggle and blood, but also judge Lee administration, which is a symbol of anti-peace, anti-labor, and anti-people, by adopting 4.3 spirit,” said protesters as they recited their day's resolution. After this, the 1,000-strong group marched from City Hall to Gwandeokjeong.

(Translation by Koh Yu Kyung)

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