|Myongsin Sun addresses the meeting|
By New Worker Correspondent
FRIENDS of Korea met at London’s historic Marx House last Saturday to celebrate the centenary of the birth of great leader Kim Il Sung with a panel of speakers who have all visited Democratic Korea over the years.
Kim Il Sung founded the communist movement that liberated the country from Japanese colonialism, defeated the might of US-led imperialism in the Korean War and led the drive to build the modern, socialist republic that exists today in the north of the divided peninsula.
Kim Il Sung advanced and developed Marxist philosophy throughout his long and active life – a theme taken up by the panel, which included Michael Chant of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Dr Hugh Goodacre, John McCleod of the Socialist Labour Party, Dermot Hudson from the UK Korean Friendship Association and Myongsin Mun from the embassy of the DPR Korea in London.
Working people will be marking the centenary with celebrations throughout Korea and across the world said Friends of Korea chair Andy Brooks, welcoming the cultural programme that followed, which included a short film from Democratic Korea and Korean music. Hugh Goodacre and Myongsin Mun both gave rousing renditions of the Song of General Kim Il Sung while the young daughter of a DPRK diplomat delivered a piano rendition of the classic song written just after liberation in 1946.
Others performed more modern Korean pieces finally ending with a spirited rendition of James Connolly’s We only want the Earth led by contemporary composer Hugh Shrapnel.
The Friends of Korea committee consists of the New Communist Party of Britain, Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (ML), Socialist Labour Party, European Regional Society for the Study of the Juché Idea and the UK Korean Friendship Association. The committee organises friendship meetings throughout the year in London, which are publicised by the supporting movements and on the Friends of Korea blog.
the following message was unanimously adopted by the meeting
To the Supreme Leader of the Korean People,
Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un
Dear Comrade Kim Jong Un
On the occasion of this memorial meeting and concert held to celebrate the Day of the Sun, Juche 101, the Centenary of President Kim Il Sung, on behalf of the progressive forces in Britain we salute you, and offer our most heartfelt congratulations to you and the entire Korean people.
It becomes ever clearer with the passing of time how immense and significant was the contribution of President Kim Il Sung as father of socialist Korea and as a great leader of the Korean people and on the world stage. As such he is revered by the Korean people, and is cherished and respected by progressive humanity throughout the world. Comrade Kim Il Sung was a dedicated revolutionary who devoted his whole life to the people until his last breath, and welded the mass and revolutionary movements into an indivisible whole.
We express the sentiment of progressive opinion to stand as one in friendship and solidarity with the Korean people in these difficult times. Above all, we take it as our duty to defend the right of the Korean people to follow their own chosen path, free from outside interference. This is a course from which no hostile force can divert the Korean people and its leadership, and which contributes to the aspirations of peace-loving people everywhere for a new world free from imperialism, domination, subjugation, aggression and war.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with you and the Korean people in their nation-building project under your supreme leadership. Our common cause is that of the defence of independence and sovereignty of peoples and nations, and our common conviction is that humanity will achieve a people-centred world where the people are the masters of their own destiny.
Michael Chant (Secretary)
On behalf of all the participants at the Memorial Meeting
Marx Memorial Library, Marx House, London