By New Worker correspondent
FRIENDS of Korea met in London last weekend to pay tribute to the memory of dear leader Kim Jong Il, the leader of the Workers’ Party of Korea who died on 17th December 2011.
Though a solemn occasion it was also a celebration of the achievements of Kim Jong Il and the people of Democratic Korea under his leadership. And this was vividly shown in the north Korean film screened at the meeting at the Marchmont Centre in Bloomsbury on Saturday.
The film, a documentary covering the funeral of the Korean leader also showed how the Korean workers have turned their grief into action to carry on the work under their new leader Kim Jong Un.
During the formal part of the meeting tributes were paid to Kim Jong Il’s work from Michael Chant of the RCPB (ML), Dermot Hudson of the Juché Idea Study Group and NCP leader Andy Brooks and a message was read out from John McLeod of the Socialist Labour Party, who unfortunately could not come in person.
The meeting was organised by the Co-ordinating Committee of the Friends of Korea, which brings together all the major movements active in Korean friendship work in Britain today. It is chaired by Andy Brooks and the secretary is Michael Chant.
The 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.
Meetings are open to all friends of the Korean revolution and the committee organises events throughout the year in London, which are listed by the supporting movements and on the Friends of Korea blog.
the meeting agreed unanimously to send the following message:
Co-ordinating Committee of Friends of Korea
c/o 170 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LA.
December 8, 2012 (Juche 101)
The Dear Respected Marshal Kim Jong Un,
First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea,
First Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission,
Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army
Dear Comrade Kim Jong Un
This meeting convened by the Committee in Britain to Commemorate the Passing of Kim Jong Il sends its deepest respects to you personally and through you to the Workers’ Party of Korea and the entire Korean people on the occasion of the first anniversary of the passing away of Comrade Kim Jong Il on December 17, 2011.
We express the sentiment of progressive opinion to stand as one in friendship and solidarity with the Korean people. Above all, we take it as our duty to defend the right of the Korean people to follow their own chosen nation-building 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.
The common cause of the people is that of the defence of independence and sovereignty of peoples and nations, and our common conviction is that humanity will achieve a world where the people are the masters of their own destiny. This is what Comrade Kim Jong Il devoted his entire life to until his last breath, and we have the utmost confidence that this is the path of leadership that you yourself have unswervingly taken up. The legacy of Comrades Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung in bringing into being a world without war and where the people face a bright future will forever remain undimmed.
May we wish you on this occasion good health and long life, and assure you that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you in building a new world of peace, independence and socialism.
Michael Chant (Secretary)
On behalf of The Participating Organisations of Friends of Korea