Korea 50 Years Later is Theme of Weekly PPRC Rally
This Friday, July 25, Portland area activists will
rally for Peace in Korea. The Portland Peaceful Response
Coalition's weekly rally will have a theme around the
50th anniversary of the Armistice that formally halted
the shooting in the conflict we know as the Korean War
on July 27, 1953. The rally, which begins at 5 PM in
Pioneer Courthouse Square, will include a short march
which will pause for featured speakers. The rallies
have continued every Friday at the corner of SW Yamhill
and Broadway since November 2001.
In addition to the historic anniversary, North Korea is one of the
mentioned in the "Axis of Evil" and is on the President's short list of
possible targets in the "War on Terrorism."
A recent shooting skirmish in the Demilitarized Zone was the first in
2 years, and three-way talks regarding North Korea's nuclear program
the US, China and N Korea are being set up (for more info
click here )
The armistice, in fact, is not the same thing as a peace treaty and in
theory the Korean war has never really ended. "After 50 years under a
there's still no peace in Korea," says Bill Bires, a military veteran
Korean conflict, and a member of Northwest Veterans for Peace, who will
speaking at the rally. Bires referenced July's National Geographic,
reports that 900,000 soldiers and 3 million civilians were killed in
three-year conflict, many more than were killed in the extended U.S.
military action in Vietnam.
Another speaker will be Martin Hart-Landsberg, a national expert on
who teaches economics at Lewis and Clark College and has written books
articles on both North and South Korea. He notes that the division of
traces its roots back to the end of World War II, when the U.S.
demanded that Soviet forces fighting Japanese troops in Korea halt
offensive at the 38th parallel and allow U.S. forces to take control
political developments in the south.
Co-sponsors of Friday's rally include the Peace and Justice Works Iraq
Affinity Group and the NW Veterans for Peace. Organizers feel it is
call for the negotiations between the North and South for reunification
and/or an end to the conflict, to get back on track. These talks were
on their way until 2001. The U.S. is one of the main perpetuators of
conflict at this point, with President George Bush refusing to even
with the North. The U.S. continues to have a heavy military presence in
South (including, it is widely known, a nuclear presence) and continues
run provocative war games.
For more information or to get involved contact Peace and Justice Works Iraq
Affinity Group at 503-236-3065
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