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Protest Letter to Japanese Prime Minister

Pyongyang, April 13 (KCNA) — The Swiss Committee for Supporting the Independent

and Peaceful Reunification of Korea sent a letter of protest to the Japanese
prime minister on April 5 to denounce the Japanese reactionaries for cracking
down on the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon). The
letter recalled that at the instruction of the security department of the Tokyo
Police Agency, the Osaka Prefectural riot police searched six places including
the office of the Osaka Prefectural Association of Korean Workers in Commerce in
Japan, shops owned by Koreans in Japan and their houses in March and the
Japanese authorities have been engaged in a smear campaign against Chongryon
over the “abduction issue” already settled. It strongly protested against such
actions.

The letter went on:

The
bestial suppression of Chongryon by the Japanese authorities and police is
undisguised fascist terrorism against all the Koreans in Japan and a
continuation of the blood-stained history of the Japanese imperialists and
militarists in which they suppressed and discriminated against the Koreans.

This is, at the same time, an act of aggression against
the DPRK whose citizens are protected by Chongryon.

The
fascist suppression of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan is an undisguised perfidy
to the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration in which the two countries promised to
normalize their relations and the assurances made by the Japanese prime minister
that Japan would be friendly toward Chongryon and Koreans in Japan so that they
may not be exposed to any discrimination.

The Japanese
government repeated such promise at the talks for the normalization of the
bilateral relations in February this year.

We demand the
Japanese government stop at once all the discriminative and terrorist acts
against Chongryon and Koreans in Japan and honor what it promised to fulfill in
the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration.

We express full
solidarity with Chongryon and Koreans in Japan.

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