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Who Is Behind SK Hostage Demonstrations

Ever since the South Koreans have been taken hostage by the Taliban the wire services have been awash with photos of "protesters":

[AP caption:] South Korean students participate in an anti-U.S. rally opposing a possible military operation in Afghanistan and demanding that the United States to engage in negotiations for the safe return of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan near the U.S. Army base in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007.

 

    

[AP caption:] South Korea protesters shout a slogan during a rally demanding the United States to engage in negotiations for the safe return of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan, near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007.

 

 

 

[AFP caption:] A South Korean activist wearing a mask as hostage holds a placard during an anti-US rally neary [sic] the US embassy in Seoul, demanding US hold dialogue with Taliban.

[Reuters caption:] A protester participates in a rally for the safe return of the Korean hostages kidnapped by Taliban insurgents, in Seoul August 6, 2007.

 

[Reuters caption:] A woman wearing a chador takes part in a candle-light vigil demanding negotiations between the U.S. government and the Taliban for the safe return of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan, near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, August 4, 2007.

[AFP caption:] South Korean protesters participate during a candlelight rally demanding that the US engage in negotiations for the safe return of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan, near the US embassy, in Seoul.

 

 

[AFP caption:] A South Korean protests during a candle rally demanding that the United States engage in negotiations for the safe return of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan, near the US embassy, in Seoul, 04 August 2007.

[AP caption:] Protesters chant slogans during a candle-light vigil demanding negotiations between the U.S. government and the Taliban for the safe return of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan, near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, August 4, 2007.

And, as usual, our media cannot be bothered to tell us who is behind these anti-American, pro-terrorism protests. But note the name in yellow at the corner on a number of these protest signs.

A visit to the their website reveals what SPARK is all about:

Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea

When was SPARK formed? How is SPARK organized?

- SPARK was formed in June 1994.
- SPARK works towards national self-determination, peace and disarmament, establishment of a peace structure, and the reunification of Korea.
- SPARK is a key representative peace and disarmament non-governmental organization in South korea.
- SPARK is composed of nine district offices and 900 members from nearly every region of South Korea.

What kinds of activities is SPARK involved in?

SPARK is working to replace the unequal Korea-U.S. reelationship [sic] with a relationship based on equality.

SPARK works for

- revision or abolition of the unfair treaties like the Korea-U. S. Mutual Defense Treaty, the ROK-US Agreement on Status of U.S. Forces in Korea, etc.
- gradual withdrawal of United States Forces Korea
- opposition to enlargement of U.S.F.K. bases in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul

Within the peace/disarmament movement,

SPARK oppose

- the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and Deployment of Korean troops in Iraq
- joint Korea-U.S. military exercises that hamper the peace process
- the preemptive nuclear attack plan and hostile policy of the U.S. against North Korea

SPARK promotes

- the peaceful resolution of N.K. nuclear issue
- the creation of a nuclear-free Korea
- lasting peace on the Korean peninsula through a peace treaty

SPARK’s activities in reducing the defense budget

- the successful campaign to eliminate the budget for attack helicopters in 2001 and Patriot missiles for missile defense in 2004
- the campaign in opposition to the purchase of the F-15K fighter airplanes in 2002~2003
- the annual campaign to reduce the defense budget
- Popular peace movement
- the campaign to replace war toys with flower vases or books Activities to promote the reunification of Korea
- participation in various reunification events that promote inter-Korean cooperation

Specialized peace research

SPARK established Research Institute in September 2004 to research issues of peace, disarmament and reunification; and to propose alternative policies.

Indeed, here is SPARK’s highly nuanced official pronouncement on the current hostage crisis in Afghanistan:

Call for the release of the Korean hostages in Afghanistan and the immediate withdrawal of the Korean troops

1. 23 Korean civilians are being held in captivity since their abduction by the Taliban on the 19th of July. The Taliban has threatened to execute the hostages unless the Korean government agrees to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and also make with their demand to free 23 Taliban prisoners. We are deeply distressed by this incident and hope that the 23 civilians will return safely.

2. The practice of abducting and threatening to execute innocent civilians only induces a vicious cycle of violence. The Korean people are equally mourning for the countless war victims killed in Afghanistan and believe that there should be no additional victims of similar tragedies. We request a safe release of the hostages.

3. We condemn the Korean government for supporting the U.S. government’s Global War on Terror and participating as part of the coalition. The Korean government did not inform its people of the underlying purpose and role of the dispatch nor of the actual situation in Afghanistan. We strongly urge the government to withdraw the troops immediately.

4. We clearly state that we understand this situation is part of the disaster caused by the U.S. government’s Global War on Terror. The U.S. invasion following other foreign invasions and internal warfare has ravaged the land of Afghanistan and devastated the lives of the Afghans. The armed resistance of the Taliban against the U.S. occupation is escalating, resulting in frequent abductions and terrorist attacks. The war and occupation in Afghanistan must come to an immediate end and the international community is obliged to strive to eradicate such ruthless violence.

5. Our wish is an end to the foreign occupation in Afghanistan and the restoration of peace by its own people. The Korean anti-war and peace movement has been exerting a collective effort for this purpose, and will continue to do so. We appeal to the international community for unreserved efforts and support for the safe release of the Korean nationals in captivity.

But somehow none of this is known to our watchdog media, even though most of the photographers who took these photos have Korean names.

Not one of the captions of the dozens of photographs of these demonstrators mentioned this group.

No, according to our media guardians these demonstrations represent a spontaneous outpouring of concern from the South Korean people.

Of course they do the very same thing here in the US with their deceitful representations of the professional protesters of Code Pink.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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