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Friday, June 03, 2016

Jeju Navy Base Resistance Continues

Jeju Navy base military housing where sacred Gureombi rocky coastline once was.

Daily protest continues at new entrance to Jeju Navy base in Gangjeong village.

Korean Navy warships porting at new base.  It won't be long before U.S. warships begin to arrive at the base.

Protests continue using kayaks to enter the Navy port area.

The Navy and Samsung corporation are outrageously claiming the village must pay several million dollars in damages for construction delays.

Peace activists stand right next to Navy personnel on the base.

A submarine lurks just off the coast of Gangjeong village.  Naval war games are now underway in the area making Jeju Island a prime target during any possible war.


Despite the Navy base on Jeju Island, South Korea now being 'officially' opened, the more than eight years of protests in Gangjeong village still continue.

Village leaders, including Jeju Catholic Bishop Kang, have been repeatedly saying that the protests are needed now more than ever.  We must work hard to make sure the Navy base is never used in a war, they say.

This base was built at the request of the U.S. government.  The U.S. Navy gave the South Korean government the base 'specifications' and had them pay for it.  Under Obama's 'pivot' of 60% of the Pentagon's military forces into the Asia-Pacific more ports-of call, more airfields, and more barracks for U.S. troops are needed.

Thus all across the Pacific - in Australia, Guam, Japan, South Korea, Okinawa, Philippines, Hawaii and more - new base construction and expansion of existing facilities are underway to handle the requirements of the U.S. 'pivot' to encircle China and Russia.

Our peace friends in all these places cry out to the people of the world - stand in solidarity with us in opposing this insane and provocative heating up of war tensions in our region!

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