Tongil, the graphic above written in Korean, means unification. As part of an online campaign, please make the graphic above your default user photo on Sunday, 11/28 and Wednesday, 12/1 on any social networking site you frequent (Facebook, Twitter, etc) to show solidarity and demand an end to U.S. militarization of Corea. Spread awareness of the recent developments in North and South Korea.
On Tuesday, November 23rd, 70,000 South Korean and American military troops engaged in an annual military drill, called “Hoguk [Defend the State],” involving 50 warships, 90 helicopters, 500 warplanes, and 600 tanks mobilized for war simulation exercises scheduled for a period of 9 days, until Nov. 30th.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) criticized the mobilization, stating that they were provocative, and demanded that South Korea halt the drill.
South Korean artillery units fired toward DPRK from a battery close to the DPRK coast, within a disputed maritime region called the Northern Limit Line (NLL). The disputed border on the west coast between North and South Korea was drawn unilaterally by the U.S. Navy in 1953; it was never recognized by the North.
After four hours, the DPRK replied with 100 artillery shells from a position north of Yeonpyeong Island; South Korea then fired back 80 artillery shells.
Two South Korean marines and two civilians were killed and at least 16 others injured on Yeonpyeong Island, a site with military bases as well as a fishing community of 1,300 residents. DPRK casualty and damages are unknown.
Obama has responded by sending the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (carrying 75 warplanes and a crew of over 6000) and other warships to conduct additional joint war-games with the South Korean military in the vicinity of the NLL, to begin Sunday, November 28.
FiRE fully supports this campaign and the efforts of our close community allies, Nodutdol, to resume peace negotiations between North and South Korea. We want to bring more attention to this international situation and urge Obama to decrease the militarization of Korean communities. In the midst of our 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign , we strongly condemn the increase of military presence in any part of the world because of its drastic impact on the quality of life for women. When the military forces itself in area, women and children suffer most, subjected to military violence, economic instability, and various human rights violations. Please tell Obama and the Secretary of State to end the costliest war in U.S. history!
Please sign the petition here: http://www.endthekoreanwar.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=16
If you would like to take further action, you can also barrage the White House and State Department with emails and urge President Obama and State Secretary Clinton to immediately stop the joint U.S.-South Korean war maneuvers, and sign a Peace Treaty to end the state of war that has existed for sixty years on the Korean peninsula-
Thank you for your participation, and expect some updates on this website throughout the morning as FiRE shows solidarity TO END THE KOREAN WAR!