Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Hey...Remember North Korea?

Yep, we still have protests in Korea over beef imports. Hwang Jang Yop, President of the Committee for Democratization of North Korea, has come out criticizing the endless protests, and is hoping the nation will direct its attention to a worthwhile cause.

“There are now two kinds of dictatorship on the Korean Peninsula. The first one is North Korea’s dictatorship that destroys even third generation seeds of resistance; a state dictatorship. And, the other is the South Korean one, the dictatorship of the masses, ruled by the leftists who previously fell under the spell of North Korean propaganda.

From my perspective, which has witnessed both systems, North Korea’s state dictatorship is similar to the South Korean masses’ candlelight one. While the national principle is the Juche Ideology, the South Korean principle is ‘against mad cow disease,’ which was stimulated by anti-Americanism. While the command group in North Korea is the National Defense Commission, South Korea’s leading group is the faction of pro-North Koreans and the followers of Kim Jong Il, the so-called ‘progressive leftist group.’”


jams o donnell said...

It's fortunate that the beef protestors can do so. Imagine a similar protest against the government above the DMZ!

TNC said...

Good point, Jams.

Setting aside the matter of protest, it must have been decades since anyone outside the ruling clique has seen, let alone tasted, beef.

North Koreans may perceive another ironic subtext in the South's protests, that South Koreans can afford a lengthy fight about how to indulge their consumption of beef. Most ordinary North Koreans have not tasted or seen beef from any nation for decades. Aid groups warn the North is teetering on the brink of its second famine in ten years, unless it receives donations of corn and other basic grains.

Cha Sung-Ju, a North Korean defector in his 40s, represents the Committee for the Democratization of North Korea in Seoul. He says it is unfortunate that most South Koreans become so emotive about the beef issue, but remain apathetic about suffering in the North.

He says millions of people are dying of starvation and suffering under dictatorship in the North. He says the hundreds of thousands who have joined the candlelight protests in Seoul have probably never lifted a candle for North Koreans.

Roland Dodds said...

It’s not surprising, but now that beef imports have resumed, they can’t keep the stuff on the shelves long. That’s not going to make the communist sympathizers protesting now very happy.