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Korea’s road to freedom

by New Worker correspondent

KOREAN solidarity campaigners returned to the Sid French library at the NCP Party Centre last weekend for a seminar that focused on the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Korea and the outstanding achievements of the Korean communists who freed the country from Japanese colonialism and then went on to lead the people’s government that beat back the American invaders and their lackeys during the Korean war.

NCP leader Andy Brooks, who chaired the Friends of Korea event, welcomed everyone to the meeting and then introduced the two main speakers: Michael Chant, the secretary of the Committee and Dermot Hudson, the Chair of the Korean Friendship Association.

They both highlighted the immense achievements of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) over the last 70-odd years. Michael Chant stressed that the liberation of Korea on 15th August 1945 was not the gift of the Americans, who claim that it was all down to their atomic bomb attacks on Hiro­shima and Nagasaki, but an act of the Korean people themselves, who took up arms under the leadership of Kim Il Sung in the 1930s in the long march to end the brutal Japanese occupation.

And as Dermot Hudson said: “The defeat of Japanese imperialism, one of the main forces and shock brigade of international fascism, by the partisans of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army led by the great leader Kim Il Sung, made a great contribution to the victory of the worldwide anti-fascist forces.” This sparked off a deeper look at Korean-style socialism.

Kim Il Sung not only grasped Marxism-Leninism but he applied it to the concrete conditions of the Korean people. He knew that once the masses realised their own strength, they would become unstoppable. He knew that serving the people was the be-all and end-all for Korean communists and for the WPK, which he launched in 1945. He developed Korean-style socialism and the Juché idea – which elevates the philosophical principles of Marxism-Leninism as well as its economic theories, and focuses on the development of each individual worker, who can only be truly free as part of the collective will of the masses.

In the Western world Juché is often described as ‘self-reliance’ but it is so much more than that. Kim Il Sung said that working people could only become genuinely emancipated if they stood on their own feet. But the Juché idea doesn’t negate proletarian internationalism. The Soviet Union, People’s China and the people’s democracies of eastern Europe all closed ranks behind DPR Korea during the Korean war and likewise Democratic Korea has given concrete support to Egypt, Syria, Zimbabwe and many other Third World countries struggling against neo-colonialism.

The seminar reviewed the achievements of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in building Korean-style socialism, demonstrating the incomparable advances since the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule in 1945 and the founding of the DPRK on 9th September 1948.

Following the foot-steps of Kim Il Sung and his successor Kim Jong Il, the Workers Party of Korea with Kim Jong Un at the helm continues to defend the Korean people’s own path of development, striving for peace and for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.