Activists demand, ‘Hands off Korea!’
Published Oct 19, 2006 8:59 PM
Protests were held on both U.S. coasts from
Oct. 11-12 in support of the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of
Korea and against sanctions being championed in the U.N. by the
Los Angeles rally against sanctions on Korea.
Photos: Minjok Tongshin
A press conference was held on Oct.
12 at the federal building in downtown Los Angeles, initiated by Korean
Americans for Peace, Korea Truth Commission (KTC), International Action Center
(IAC) and Bayan USA.
Leaders from the
Korean community plus a member of the FMLN of El Salvador who was tortured by
U.S.-supported death squads and members of the Los Angeles IAC all
John Parker from the International
Center speaking at Los Angeles
Each speaker affirmed the right
of the DPRK to self-defense in the face of a history of aggression, constant
threats of sanctions, military assault and the threat of a nuclear assault from
Later in the day there was a
spirited rally demanding “Hands Off Korea!” The protesters joined
with others who mount a weekly protest denouncing the war in
In New York, a demonstration
organized by Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, KTC and the IAC was
held near the United Nations building
on Oct. 11.
David Sole, a Green Party
candidate in Michigan for the U.S. Senate and a Workers World Party member,
issued a statement demanding the U.S. respect North Korea’s sovereignty,
stating, “The present crisis arises directly out of the implacable
hostility of the U.S. imperialist government to the socialist government of the
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” The full statement can be
read at www.stopthewarslate.org.
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