Moves for Expansion of U.S. Military Base Assailed in S. Korea

Pyongyang, March 21 (KCNA) — The 562nd candlelight rally reportedly took place in Phaengsong, Kyonggi Province, south Korea on Mar. 16 in protest against the moves of the south Korean “Ministry of National Defense” for requisitioning land for the expansion of the U.S. military base in Phyongthaek.

The rally was attended by inhabitants of Phaengsong preparing for the ploughing of rice fields as resistance against the measure taken by the ministry to forcibly evacuate residents from the land designated as sites for the U.S. military base in Phyongthaek and the farmers and members of different organizations who went there from South and North Chungchong Provinces, Kyonggi Province, South and North Jolla Provinces, south Korean Kangwon Province and other parts of south Korea to express solidarity with the peasants, at least 300 in all.

Speakers at the rally vehemently denounced the ministry for working hard to offer the land of Phyongthaek to the U.S. forces, utterly indifferent to the people’s fate, and strongly demanded it cancel this plan at once.

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