Friday, 18 May 2012

Red salute to Democratic Korea

Dermot Hudson gives a comprehensive report
 By New Worker correspondent
FRIENDS of revolutionary Korea met in London last weekend to mark the centenary of the birth of great leader Kim Il Sung, the eternal president of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and to hear a report back on the World Congress of the Juche Idea that took place in Pyongyang last month.
            Dermot Hudson, the chair of the Juché Idea Study Group, opened with a comprehensive report on the Juché conference and life in the DPRK today. NCP leader Andy Brooks gave a rousing rendition of the declaration of the World Congress of the Juché Idea, which was adopted by the meeting by acclaim.
And Dr Hugh Goodacre spoke about Kim Il Sung’s immense role in the Korean and world communist movement during a life-time devoted to the struggle of working people.
            But first of all the meeting paused to pay tribute to Katina Ellis, a New Worker supporter who showed her unconditional support for the Korean people’s cause of socialism and reunification. Katina, who died last month, was a peace activist and anti-imperialist who regularly took part in the meetings and protest pickets organised by the UK Korean Friendship Association (KFA) and Friends of Korea Committee.
            Juché supporters from all walks of life and all age groups took part in the discussion, which revolved the epic events held in Pyongyang last month that included a great military parade and firework display, an arts festival and the unveiling of the statue of dear leader Kim Jong Il, who sadly passed away in December.
            Supreme leader Kim Jong Un was swamped by the enthusiasm of the people when spoke to the people at all the mass events during the celebrations – a week that Dermot Hudson said was truly the trip of a lifetime.
Many questions were asked by the audience, including the role of the media, the DPRK satellite launch, cultural exchange, and the campaign against the imperialist sanctions against Democratic Korea.
            The meeting was organised by the Juché Idea Study Group, the Association for the Study of Songun Politics and the UK KFA and during the organising part of the agenda it was agreed to prepare for a UK KFA AGM on 25th June and organise seminars on the works of great leader Kim Il Sung and dear leader Kim Jong Il.