Protest Against Ja­panese Op­pres­sion On The Korean In­de­pen­dence Day

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Korea-Dokdo-Love mem­bers’ protest rally in front of the Ja­panese Em­bassy in Seoul took place on the Korean In­de­pen­dence Day, Aug 15, 2015. In Korea, this day is called “Gwang­bok­jeol,” (lit­er­ally “Light Restoration Day”) in or­der to cel­e­brate the end of the Ja­panese col­o­niza­tion on the Au­gust 15, 1945. On that day many Korean pa­tri­ots were re­leased from pris­ons by the Ja­panese colo­nial gov­ern­ment. As a re­sult, this day is an an­nual pub­lic hol­i­day to cel­e­brate this his­toric In­de­pen­dence Day across the Korean Penin­sula.

Dur­ing the most re­cent an­nual protest, on the Aug 15, 2015, in the pres­ence of many Korean po­lice­men sur­round­ing the Ja­panese Em­bassy in Seoul, the Korea-Dokdo-Love Chair­man Mr. Sung­gon Oh con­demned Mr. Shinzo Abe for his re­luc­tance to ad­mit Ja­panese war crime and sex­ual abused com­fort women is­sue.

“The main in­ter­est of the Ja­panese was oc­cu­py­ing the Korea penin­sula. In­deed, since the Ja­panese lived on an is­land coun­try, they needed a main­land ter­ri­tory in or­der to in­crease com­merce and to pur­sue their so­cial and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests.”

In 1895, for in­stance, the Ja­panese as­sas­si­nated a Korean Em­press Myeong­song dur­ing their at­tempt to oc­cupy Korea. In ad­di­tion, the Ja­panese pur­suit of oc­cu­py­ing Korea was a part of its larger plans to es­tab­lish and con­trol Ja­panese led Greater East Asian Em­pire. How­ever, this Ja­panese led Greater East Asian Em­pire was de­stroyed and con­trolled by US forces af­ter World War II.

The Dokdo Cri­sis

Dokdo is still a crit­i­cal is­sue be­tween Korea and Ja­pan, where both coun­tries claim own­er­ship. At the mo­ment, Dokdo is the pri­mary cause of ten­sion be­tween the two na­tions. In an­cient time, Korean peo­ple used to live there for fish­ing, said Mr. Sug­gon Oh.

In con­clu­sion, Ja­pan states in its school text­books that Dokdo is a part of its na­tional ter­ri­tory. Nev­er­the­less, Dokdo re­mains un­der the con­trol of South Korean po­lice­men to this day. “Per­ma­nently, Dokdo is Korean soil,” said Mr. Oh Sung­gon, Chair­man of Korea-Dokdo-Love.

Korea-Dokdo-Love mem­bers protest in-front of Ja­panese Em­bassy in Seoul

Korea-Dokdo-Love Chair­man Mr. Sung­gon Oh protests in-front of Ja­panese

Em­bassy in Seoul

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