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70th anniversary of Kwangju student incident observed

Pyongyang, November 2 (KCNA) — A meeting of Pyongyang youth and students took place today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Kwangju student incident.


The incident, a massive anti-Japanese patriotic resistance, broke out on November 3, 1929, when Japanese students teased a Korean girl student and made insulting remarks to the latter on a Kwangju-Raju train late in October that year.

The anti-Japanese struggle launched by the Kwangju students under the slogan of down-with-Japanese imperialism rapidly spread to different parts of the country like wildfire and lasted for six months till April next year.

First secretary of the c.c., the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth league Ri Il Hwan in his report said that the incident was an anti-outside force national salvation struggle of the Korean youth and students who rose up in the struggle against the harsh colonial rule of the Japanese imperialists, intolerable national contempt and colonial enslavement education, and a massive anti-Japanese patriotic resistance for the independence of the country and the sovereignty of the nation.

70 years have passed since the incident, but the desire of the resistance fighters has not been realized in South Korea, the reporter said, and went on:

The U.S. who occupied South Korea in place of the Japanese imperialists are laying obstacles in the way of national unity and the reunification of the country, inflicting immeasurable misfortunes and sufferings upon the South Korean people for more than 50 years.

Referring to the recent disclosure of the massacres committed by GIs throughout South Korea during the Korean War, he denounced them as an unpardonable criminal act.

He further said:

The U.S. forces present in South Korea are unhesitatingly committing murder, lording it over. This is chiefly because the South Korean authorities are serving and protecting their master from a sycophantic stand of toeing the United States.

In order to put an end to the tragic history of the nation’s division and gain the sovereignty of the nation it is necessary, first of all, to get the U.S. aggression forces withdrawn from South Korea.

The Japanese reactionaries must ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by their anti-DPRK moves for war and confrontation, renounce the hostile policy toward the DPRK and act with discretion.

The South Korean students and people should wage a more vigorous struggle to shatter the war moves of the U.S. and Japanese reactionaries and the South Korean authorities subservient to them to ignite a war on the Korean peninsula and thus achieve durable peace and security of the country.

Present at the meeting were Kim Jung Rin, secretary of the C.C., the Worker’s Party of Korea, and others.

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