Anniversary of April 19 Popular Uprising Observed in Seoul

Pyongyang, April 20 (KCNA) — A commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the April 19 Popular Uprising was reportedly held at the Hungsadan Hall in the University Street in Seoul on April 18 under the sponsorship of the “April Revolution Society” of south Korea.

Speakers at the commemoration included Ro Jung Son, co-representative of the society, Ham Se Ung, chief director of the Society for Commemorating the Movement for Democracy, Ri Kyu Jae, chairman of the South Headquarters of the National Alliance for the Country’s Reunification, and Song Hyo Won, chairwoman of the south Korean Federation of University Student Councils.

They noted that the spirit of the April revolution was that of independence to revive the soul of the nation and the spirit of aspiring after reconciliation and unity transcending national division. The slogans shouted by the uprisers suggested that the April Popular Uprising was obviously a movement for national liberation and the country’s reunification, they added.

They said the April revolution was the one left unfinished and in order to complete it, it was necessary to drive the U.S. imperialists out of south Korea, regain the national sovereignty and reunify the country.

They called on the people from all walks of life in south Korea to do every possible effort to achieve independence, democracy and reunification with the same vim and vigor with which the participants in the uprising toppled the dictatorial regime of Syngman Rhee 45 years ago.

A “declaration on the 45th anniversary of the April revolution” was issued at the commemoration.

It said that this year is a historic year marking the 60th anniversary of the country’s liberation and the fifth anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration. The situation now prevailing in the Korean Peninsula has driven the nation to the crossroads of war or peace, independence or subjugation, it noted, and went on:

The U.S. forces present in south Korea for 60 years are now keen on establishing military supremacy in Northeast Asia under the pretext of redeployment. The U.S. should not reorganize its forces in south Korea but completely withdraw them from there.

Japan is getting more undisguised in its moves to revive militarism. The U.S. is egging Japan on to emerge a military power, straining the situation on the peninsula.
A poem “Proper Answer of History” was recited at the commemoration.

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