“Jeju longs for peace”

Disclaimer: The following is a totally personal unauthoritative translation of a gallery report of 1 night & 2 days of ‘Peace Plane’ event that took place during Sep. 3 – 4 at Gangjung village, Seogwipo, Jeju, South Korea. The event marks another critical corner stone of a civil action movement against construction plan of the naval base which is suspected to host the missile defense system from US. Since the original article (in Korean) is owned by a South Korean progressive online media ‘Voice of People’, this translation can be scrapped by its request. The link to the original article is at the bottom of this translation.

A gallery record of 1 night & 2 days of ‘Peace Plane’ event

1 night & 2 days of ‘Peace Plane’ event ended on Sep. 4 in Gangjung village, Seogwipo, Jeju, South Korea. Politicians, labor activists, civil society members, and ordinary citizens who flew from all over Korea gathered at Gangjung village and voiced peace over Gangjung village in unison.

Police who abruptly mobilized forces on Sep. 2 early morning and put fences at the Joongdeok three-way intersection, the entrance to Gangjung village, cordoned off the village tight during the whole event. It could have been mistaken a curfew in innocent eyes.

This, however, did not overshadow the ambience of the event. Gangjung villagers and participants all wrapped up the event successfully in a lively mood and politicians who participated in the event promised to push forward an inspection by National Assembly over the issue of naval base construction.

Although the Goorumbi shore, the centerpiece of Gangjung village, was blocked by fences navy erected recently, it still remained at the heart of all Gangjung villagers.

The following is a compiled gallery recount of Gangjung village and ‘Peace Plane’ event.

People pray at the Goorumbi shore in Gangjung village. (Photo by Seungmin Ko)

In Sep. 2 morning, villagers and civil society members who were at the anti-naval base protest site were struggling against riot police squad at Gangjung village when police plundered the protest site. (Photo by Seungmin Ko)

In Sep. 2 morning, villagers and civil society members who were at the anti-naval base protest site were struggling against riot police squad at Gangjung village when police plundered the protest site. (Photo by Seungmin Ko)

In Sep. 2 early morning, police and people at anti-naval base protest site clashed while the police were putting fences at Joongdeok three-way intersection, the entrance to Gangjung village. (Photo by Seungmin Ko)

In Sep. 2 early morning, police were suppressing people surrounded at anti-naval base protest site while putting fences at Joongdeok three-way intersection, the entrance to Gangjung village. (Photo by Seungmin Ko)

In Sep. 2 early morning, Kwonil Ko, the head of anti-naval base residence committee, was looking down in concerns while the police charged in to the anti-naval base protest site to put fences at Joongdeok three-way intersection, the entrance to Gangjung village. (Photo by Seungmin Ko)

Junghee Lee, the leader of Democratic Labor Party, who came to Gangjung village anti-naval base protest site in Sep. 2 afternoon was holding the hands of Aeja Hyun, the head of DLP Jeju-do branch, who had been staging a sit-in with herself chained in iron chains. The police plundered the protest site in early morning that day. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

In Sep. 4 afternoon, the police were limiting the access of outsiders to Gangjung village at the check point set in Joongdeok three-way intersection, the entrance to Gangjung village. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Politicians, civil society members, and peace activists held a press conference in front of the police check point in Joongdeok three-way intersection, the entrance to Gangjeong village in Sep. 4 afternoon. They expressed their angers and concerns on the violent police operation, unilateral resumption of the naval base construction, and prehistoric cultural properties uncovered at the construction site. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

In Sep. 4 afternoon, the police were limiting the access of outsiders to Gangjung village at the check point set in Joongdeok three-way intersection, the entrance to Gangjung village. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Politicians, civil society members, and peace activists held a press conference in front of the police check point in Joongdeok three-way intersection, the entrance to Gangjeong village in Sep. 4 afternoon. They expressed their angers and concerns on the violent police operation, unilateral resumption of the naval base construction, and prehistoric cultural properties uncovered at the construction site. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

In Sep. 3 late afternoon, a participant of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village was displaying a symbolic item broken during the police raid at concert site near the Gangjung stream playground. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

In Sep. 3 late afternoon, the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village was held at the Gangjung stream playground. A horse at the concert site was carrying a banner that read 'Naval base, a nonsense!'. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Fr Gyoohyun Moon and participants were delivering a large painting hoping to bring peace to Gangjung village in Sep. 3 late afternoon just before the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village held at the Gangjung stream playground. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

A scuffle broke out between police and participants of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground when police blocked participants from entering the playground in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Audience of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground were having fun stomping and shouting in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Fr Jeonghyun Moon was taking pictures of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Audience of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground were all standing and enjoying the performance by the band 'Huckleberry Finn' in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Audience of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground were cheering in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Participants of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground were flying wind lanterns in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Fr Jeonghyun Moon was singing a song at the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Participants of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground were flying wind lanterns in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Participants of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground were flying wind lanterns in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Audience of the "Let's have fun at Gangjung village - the Peace Concert" wishing for the retraction of Jeju naval base construction and peace over Gangjung village at the Gangjung stream playground were cheering in Sep. 3 evening. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

People protested to police who blocked the access to the protest site in front of the Joongdeok three-way intersection in Sep. 3 afternoon. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Police lined along the Joongdeok three-way intersection protest site were creating a tense atmosphere in Sep. 3 afternoon. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Police were shoving people who tried to stop them from approaching the Joongdeok three-way intersection protest site in Sep. 3 afternoon. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Leaders of five opposition party Jeju-do branches denounced the Sep. 2 coercive suppression by the police force at the Joongdeok three-way intersection protest site in Sep. 3 morning. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

A water cannon vehicle was brought to the Gangjung village in Sep. 3 morning. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

A water cannon vehicle was brought to the Gangjung village in Sep. 3 morning. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

The riot police squad were taking rests near a banner saying 'April 3 spirits wail. Police from outside go home!' in Sep. 2 after plundering the anti-naval base protest site at Gangjung village. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Fr Gyoohyun Moon (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

The riot police squad were taking rests near a banner saying 'April 3 spirits wail. Police from outside go home!' in Sep. 2 after plundering the anti-naval base protest site at Gangjung village. (Photo by Jiwoong Yang)

Useful links

  • Original gallery report (in Korean) of this translation can be located here: http://www.vop.co.kr/A00000429805.html
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One comment

  1. Moondance · · Reply

    Save Korean pure nature! Always usa do the bad thing to our beautiful environment

    to protect China. This is a treat for global nature. We must keep Jeju.

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