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Call the South Korean Embassy - No Navy Base on Jeju Island

The National Campaign to End the Korean War asks your support in protesting the building of a naval base in Jeju Island.

Gangjeong Village, on the island of Jeju, one of the most beautiful areas in South Korea, is a small village of approximately 1,500 farmers and fishermen.  The villagers are in the midst of a struggle against the South Korean government's attempt to build a major naval base right in the middle of their village. The Navy and the Korean government claim that the base will have minimum impact on the environment and that it will create jobs and attract new tourists to the area.  

But the villagers in this UNESCO World Heritage designated island know that the base will destroy their ecosystem, their way of life and their village.  The navy so far has continued to raze farms and fishing grounds while the villagers continue to work to stop the building of the base. Long time activist Professor Yang Yoon-Mo has been on a long hunger strike in protest, while artist and activist Sung-Hee Choi sits in jail.

The villagers and their supporters are asking for all of us to help and the National Campaign joins in asking you to:

Please call the South Korean embassy and consulate to tell the them that you want them to stop building the Navy base in Jeju Island because it is leading to the destruction of the soft coral reefs offshore and will destroy the farming and fishing village of Gangjeong.  The Navy base, which will be a port of call for U.S. Navy destroyers and other warships, will also become a lightning rod for conflict with China.

The villagers have also asked for feedback on the response you get when you call.  Whatever the response, even if the embassy or consulate staffers refuse to talk with you, they have asked that you pass that information to Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and he will send it to the villagers in Gangjeong village.

In the U.S. you can call the South Korean Embassy in Washington DC at 202-939-5600 and/or you can call the South Korean office at the United Nations in New York City at 212-439-4000.

For more information on this situation, please see the Korea Policy Institute article, "One Island Village's Struggle for Land, Life, and Peace" or Bruce Gagnon’s blog.