Socialist Worker

Solidarity from Korea to Cairo

by Sun-Young Jung and CJ Park
Issue No. 2279

THe protest in Seoul

THe protest in Seoul

Protesters demonstrated near the Egyptian embassy in Seoul, South Korea today in solidarity with protesters in Tahrir Square. Around 50 came to show their support, including Egyptians living in Korea.

Khalid Ali said, 'The Egyptian military fired at the people who demanded freedom, human rights, and democracy. This is not what the Egyptian people wanted. We want the military to step down. People should form their own civilian government.'

Jeong Hui-seong, vice-chair of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, reminded the protesters that when South Koreans overthrew the Syngman Rhee dictatorship in 1960, the military quickly took power and told everyone to go home and go back to their lives. This is exactly what the Egyptian military are trying to do.

Rev Choe Hyeon-suk, a human rights pastor, said, 'Even after many deaths young people continue to protest—with their mother's phone numbers tattooed on their arms. With such courage the Egyptian protests will be victorious. We too should tattoo phone numbers on our arms and join the protest against the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement.'

Kim In-sik from socialist group All Together added that the world owes a great debt to the Egyptian people. 'We live in a time of revolutions and great struggles,' he said. 'From Wall Street, across Europe, and even in South Korea, strikes and struggles have become daily activities.'

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