The New Worker
The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 18th November 2016
A SINGLE protester outside the Russian embassy or a handful of Arab stooges at a peace rally makes headlines in our national press. A north Korean diplomat defects to the south Korean regime in London and its national news for weeks on end. A few thousand anti-Trump protesters on the streets in the United States hits the headlines all over the western world.
But when over a million south Koreans take to the streets to denounce their corrupt, puppet president and call for her resignation it barely gets a mention in the august pages of the bourgeois media.
Last weekend over a million demonstrators took to the streets of Seoul, the capital of south Korea, to demand that puppet president Park Guen Hye stands down.
Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), student groups and religious bodies gathered at Seoul Square to hold the 2016 people’s all-out rally. Some 150,000 KCTU members along with students from one hundred universities and people from all walks of life turned out for the protest, the biggest since 1987, and marched to the presidential palace to demand Park Guen Hye’s resignation.
Workers are downing tools throughout the country, which has been occupied by US imperialism since 1945, whilst the KCTU prepares for a general strike to demand Park’s resignation and the release of their leader, jailed for five years on trumped-up charges last year.
Park Guen Hye, the daughter of the former dictator who was shot by a member of his own faction in 1979, heads the reactionary and rabidly anti-communist Saenuri Party that does the bidding of US imperialism. The down-trodden south Korean masses, doubly oppressed by their local exploiters as well as those from the US, are sick to death of this corrupt regime led by Park, a venal politician involved with a shadowy religious cult leader who used her influence over the president to embezzle public funds.
Whilst all of this is going on the masses in the democratic north of the divided Korean peninsula are rallying to the latest call of the Workers Party of Korea to sharpen their defences against imperialism and continue to build socialism in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The DPRK was branded by the American imperialists as part of the “axis of evil”, and one of the “outposts of tyranny” that include Cuba, Syria and Iran, and was topped by Iraq until that country was invaded by US-led imperialism in 2003. The US army and its south Korean puppets rehearse the invasion of the north in annual war-games and the south Koreans have developed a cruise missile of their own targeted on the DPRK.
In the face of these renewed threats the DPRK has had no alternative but to develop a nuclear deterrent to defend its socialist system. At the same time it has pledged that it will never be the first to use nuclear weapons — and it has also vowed never to threaten the use of nuclear weapons nor allow the transfer of nuclear technology to other countries.
Whilst corrupt south Korean politicians grovel to the Americans for their share of the loot the masses in Democratic Korea, with Kim Jong Un at the helm, are relentlessly advancing into the future to build socialism and fulfil the dream of all Koreans, the peaceful re-unification of the country.