S. Korean Authorities′ Suppression of Jeju Islanders, Biggest Since 1948
Pyongyang, August 19 (KCNA) -- The south Korean puppet authorities on August 14 hurled police of five companies equipped with water cannons and other repressive gears to Jeju Island to put down the protesters opposing the construction of a naval base there.
On August 15 the authorities issued an emergency alert order to all the repressive forces on Jeju Island.
Members of the All-Islanders Measure Committee for Checking the Jeju Military Base, the People for Achieving Peace and Reunification and other organizations of south Korea, Kangjong villagers, peace activists and opposition party members protested against the puppet security authorities' fascist suppression on Jeju Island on August 15.
They tied themselves with wires and set up barricades in street corners likely to be manned with police.
It is the first time since the April 3 Popular Uprising on Jeju Island in 1948 that the repressive forces were hurled from the inland to put down the people's action, they said. The authorities' repressive actions have gone beyond the danger line, they added.
The authorities' fascist crackdown will meet a strong protest of the people, they warned.
The south Korean Measure Council for Checking the Construction of Jeju Naval Base in a statement on August 15 said the authorities' intensified suppression may lead to the recurrence of the massacre during the April 3 Popular Uprising.