Arrested for a book on Marx
SOUTH KOREAN trade unionists and democracy activists have issued an urgent appeal for the release of Kim Hee-joon from custody. He runs the Bukmakseu (Bookmarks) publishing house in South Korea, and was arrested just two days before the scandalous decision to award South Korean president Kim Dae-jung the Nobel Peace Prize.
The sole reason for Kim Hee-joon's arrest is that he published The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx, a book by Alex Callinicos. The book is freely available in the West, has been published by other companies in South Korea and is even used as a university text there.
A 29 year old university student, Kang Cheol-gu, was also arrested on his way back from a 20,000-strong anti-capitalist protest in the South Korean capital, Seoul.
He was charged with selling a socialist newspaper and attending rallies two years ago. Previous international solidarity campaigns have won the release of socialists and trade unionists in South Korea. A range of organisations in South Korea have formed the Joint Committee for the Freedom of Expression which is campaigning against the arrests.
- Send motions condemning the arrests to the Joint Committee for the Freedom of Expression at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For more information contact the Committee to Defend South Korean Socialists, c/o 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE.