20th Anniv. of S. Korean Students’ Occupation of “American Cultural Service” Marked

Pyongyang, May 23 (KCNA) — A meeting was held in Pyongyang Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of south Korean students’ occupation of the “American Cultural Service” in Seoul.

Students of Seoul National University and other universities in south Korea occupied the “American Cultural Service” in Seoul in May Juche 74 (1985)
when the anti-American sentiment was rapidly mounting in south Korea on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Kwangju Popular Uprising. They read out a statement strongly demanding an apology of the U.S. for the massacre in Kwangju and then stubbornly waged the struggle for 4 days, chanting nanti-American slogans.

Their just struggle brought great fear and uneasiness to the U.S. imperialists and marked an important occasion in escalating the anti-American struggle for independence in south Korea.

Kim Kyong Ho, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, said in his report at the meeting that the occupation of the “American Cultural Service” in Seoul was an eruption of the pent-up grudge and anger of the south Koreans against the U.S. imperialist aggressors and a great deed which powerfully demonstrated the aspiration and indomitable will of the south Korean students to put an end to the U.S. military presence and win national dignity and sovereignty.

He went on:

It is imperative to more furiously flare the flame of the anti-American struggle and dynamically wage the nationwide struggle for smashing the Japanese reactionaries’ moves to distort history and grab Tok Islet and anti-DPRK racket in order to put an end to the outsiders’ aggression, interference, domination and subjugation against the Korean nation and achieve independent and peaceful reunification of the country.

The reporter laid stress on glorifying the honour of the standard bearers and vanguard fighters, carrying forward the proud tradition with which the south Korean students demonstrated the resources and courage of youth in the struggle for independence against the U.S., for democracy against fascism and for national reunification.

Present at the meeting were Kim Jung Rin, secretary of the C.C., the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the C.C., the Korean Social Democratic Party, and others.

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