South Koreans demonstrate against Trump’s military missiles


This video from South Korea says about itself:

[Stop THAAD] We Will Win – Spring in Soseong-ri – 2nd Peace Action

29 March 2017

“Join us in Soseong-ri on April 8 for the 2nd National Peace Action”.

Video by Park Moon-chil.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

South Koreans in action against United States missile shield: ‘We can not accept this’

Today, 13:11

The United States has again placed rocket launchers in South Korea. Today, the four parts of the THAAD missile shield arrived at the village of Soseong-ri, where hundreds of protesters tried to stop the transport of the the missile shield.

The American air defense system is located near the village on an old golf course now serving as a military base. On the only road to the site, more than 8,000 South Korean police officers gathered earlier this week, they have the task of breaking up demonstrations.

Despite the large-scale police deployment, around 400 villagers and activists gathered near Soseong-ri yesterday. Among them are farmers from the village, which has about eighty inhabitants.

They mostly grow melons and say that all military activity in the village is bad for agriculture. In addition, the quiet in the area would be disturbed by army helicopters, buses and lorries. Some people fear that their village will be the target of North Korean missiles because of the missile shield.

Unnecessary provocation

In South Korea, protesters have protested against the placement of American rocket launchers in the countryside for a long time. Many conservatives support the installation of the missile shield … but others see it as an unnecessary provocation of North Korea.

At the end of April, in Soseong-ri there was also a confrontation between hundreds of protesters and police. Last month, dozens shaved their heads as a protest.

In addition, neighboring China sees THAAD as a threat because it can be used against China. Beijing protested today against the missile shield. For that reason, the country has been boycotting South Korean products and companies for months.

Many South Koreans feel the trade restrictions in their wallets and wonder if the benefits of the missile shield outweigh the disadvantages. Especially after US President Trump said in April that South Korea had to pay the costs.

The protests against the missile base ran so high that President Moon Jae-in, a few weeks after his election in May, decided to shut down the placement of THAAD. But because of the recent crisis with North Korea, he has reversed that decision. …

And so policemen attacked the protesters at Soseong-ri. Dozens of people got injured when the protesters were driven apart.

“The government violates the law with the installation of this missile shield,” says one of the protesters against the South Korean press office Yonhap. He believes that the installation should not have been done without the consent of the local population. “We can not accept the installation of the THAAD missile shield under any conditions.”

Under pressure from Washington, South Korean President Moon has moved away from his previous calls for dialogue with North Korea and toward increasingly hawkish positions: here.

United Nations Secretary-general Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday that the conflicts being provoked by the bellicose US stance toward North Korea’s nuclear weapons’ program could lead to “unintended consequences.” Guterres invoked the years leading up to the outbreak of World War I, when rival responses to international incidents aggravated great power antagonisms culminating in all-out war: here.

The warning issued Tuesday by the secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, that the confrontation developing on the Korean peninsula increasingly resembles the events that led to the outbreak of the First World War over a century ago deserves to be taken with deadly seriousness: here.

6 thoughts on “South Koreans demonstrate against Trump’s military missiles

  1. War in the Pacific: not a good idea, but it could happen

    The UN will again discuss today further sanctions on North Korea, following their latest nuclear tests. If not, the US allegedly has other plans up its sleeve. It’s hard to see exactly what can be further imposed on one of the most isolated countries in the world, apart from an oil embargo, which could lead to economic collapse and even starvation for its people.

    China so far is refusing to go down this road. At present, even most military opinion can’t see a military solution which doesn’t kill millions of people. That means a return to talks and to an increased urgency for nuclear disarmament across the world. The main barrier to this is, of course, the existing nuclear powers, including Britain. They are very keen to hang onto their own ‘deterrent’ while refusing to allow anyone else to have one. Yet it is widely acknowledged that Kim Jong un’s aim is to stay in power, and he has learnt from the experience of Libya’s Gadhafi, who abandoned nuclear testing only to be overthrown in 2011 by those who persuaded him to do so only a few years earlier. There is a general fear over nuclear war, but also a sense that probably it won’t happen. With Trump in the White House, growing rivalry with China, and the existence of nuclear testing in North Korea, plus the stationing of THAAD missiles in the South, don’t count on it.

    Lindsey German

    http://www.counterfire.org/articles/opinion/19193-a-society-which-cannot-deliver-the-basics-has-to-be-changed-weekly-briefing

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