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Kim Hyong Jik, Pioneer of Proletarian Revolution in Korea

Pyongyang, July 9 (KCNA) — July 10 is the 111th birth anniversary of Kim Hyong Jik, an indomitable revolutionary of Korea.

On this occasion the Korean people are recollecting the immortal exploits performed by him, who pioneered in developing the nationalist movement into a proletarian revolution and thus made a great contribution to the anti-Japanese national liberation movement and brought about the dawn of the Korean revolution.

Kim Hyong Jik, who was born into a patriotic family, embarked upon the road of revolution after the country was put under the military occupation of the Japanese imperialists and conducted energetic activities as a pioneer and leader of the national liberation movement.

After leaving school halfway in the spring of Juche 2 (1913) he, as a career revolutionary, was engrossed in making preparations for forming a new revolutionary organization which would lead the anti-Japanese national liberation movement in a unified way.

His tireless efforts resulted in the formation of the Korean National Association (KNA) at the historic Pyongyang meeting on March 23, 1917.

The KNA was the anti-Japanese clandestine revolutionary organization greatest ever in scale in the period just before and after the March First Popular Uprising in Korea.
Kim Hyong Jik reviewed the nationalist movement in a critical way from the first days of his revolutionary activities. While trying to find out a way for developing anew the anti-Japanese national liberation movement, he was strongly convinced that only the proletarian revolution, an armed struggle of the popular masses, was a way for achieving the independence of the country and the freedom and emancipation of the people.

He, basing himself on a deep-going analysis of the changing situation and the lesson drawn from the failure in the March First Popular Uprising, convened the Chongsudong meeting in July 1919 and proved the historical inevitability of the proletarian revolution. At the Kuandian meeting held in August that year, he set forth a new policy on developing the anti-Japanese national liberation movement from the nationalist movement into the proletarian revolution and expounded tasks and ways for its implementation.

The switchover was a historic event in the development of the Korean revolution.

The desire of Kim Hyong Jik for national liberation was realized successfully by President Kim Il Sung.

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