Korean Militants Facing Prison

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Korean Militants Facing Prison

Loren Goldner has been circulating this appeal from some Korean comrades:

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Urgent Appeal: Eight South Korean Labor Activists Face 4-7 Years in Prison

On Dec. 3 of last year, the prosecutor in the Seoul Central District Court demanded prison terms of 5-7 years for Oh sei-chull and other members (Yang Hyo-seok, Yang Joon-seok, Choi Young-ik, Park Joon-seon, Jeong Won-hyung, and Oh Min-gyu) of the Socialist Workers’ Alliance of Korea (SWLK), a revolutionary socialist group. These activists in the Korean working-class movement were indicted under South Korea’s notorious National Security Law (passed in 1948 and theoretically still stipulating the death penalty for “pro-North” activities). The eight militants of the SWLK, who as internationalists advocate working-class revolution in both Koreas, were accused of no specific crime except being socialists, but in reality the indictment resulted from their intervention in several strikes and movements going back to 2007. This is the first instance of such harsh repression under the National Security Law in many years. It occurs in the larger context of the hard-right turn (such as the smashing of the Ssangyong Motor Co. strike of 2009) of South Korean President Lee Myong Bak’s government since he took office in early 2008. (In fact, leaflets of the SWLK distributed during the Ssangyong strike were key evidence in the trial.)

Prosecutors have attempted to indict members of the SWLK several times since 2008, and prior to December, the prosecutors’ case was thrown out of court each time. It is not impossible that a barrage of e-mail protests to Judge Hyung Doo Kim of the Seoul Central District Court will help reduce or obviate the pending sentences altogether, when final sentencing will take place on Jan. 27.

Let Judge Kim know your feelings in your own words about this crackdown on “thought crime” by writing to

swlk [at] jinbo.net

The e-mails must be received by 06:00 AM on Monday January 17th 2011 (Seoul time), so that the SWLK’s lawyer can forward them to Judge Kim prior to sentencing.

Please distribute this appeal as widely as possible. Messages in languages other than English are welcome.

Loren Goldner

For further details on this case, contact me at lrgoldner [at] gmail.com

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Jan 8 2011 19:57

And the statement was prefaced with this:

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"I don't believe too much in the efficacy of the kind of write-in protest advocated below, but an international spotlight on this case just might have an effect on the final sentencing of these exemplary militants."
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Jan 10 2011 15:01

Chinese translation:

紧急关注:8名韩国工人运动者面临5-7年的铁窗生涯

2010年12月3日,在首尔中央区法庭,检察官要求判处Oh Sei-chull (오세철) 和其他七名韩国革命社会主义组织社会主义劳动者联合(社劳联)成员Yang Hyo-seok (양효석), Yang Joon-seok (양준석), Choi Young-ik (최영익), Park Joon-seon (박준선), Jeong Won-hyung (정원형), 和 Oh Min-gyu (오민규)五到七年徒刑。这些工运活动家被指控违反了韩国著名的国家安全法(1948年通过,理论上仍然规定可以对“亲北”活动家判决死刑)。身为国际主义者,社劳联的这八名积极分子主张在南北韩进行劳动阶级革命,对他们的指控除了进行社会主义活动外并没有明确的罪名,但事实上这归因于他们对2007年韩国几次罢工运动的参与。这是近年来第一起在国家完全法的严厉压力下而引发的事件。它发生在韩国总统李明博的政府2008年执政以来剧烈右倾的国内政策大背景下(如2009年对双龙汽车公司罢工的镇压,实际上,社劳联在罢工期间散发的传单成为法庭上的关键证据)。

2008以来,检察官几次企图对社劳联提出诉讼,但在12月以前,此案每次都被法庭拒绝接受。最终判决将于1月27日公布,目前,发给中央区法庭法官Kim Hyung Doo (김형두)的抗议电子邮件有可能将会减轻或者杯葛未来的判决。

你可以通过如下电子邮件地址写信给Kim(金)法官,让他了解你反对“思想犯罪”的感受和意见。

swlk@jinbo.net

电子邮件必须在2011年1月17日星期一早晨六点(首尔时间)之前被接收到,以便社劳联的律师可以将它们在审判开始之前转给Kim(金)法官。

请将这一关注文章广泛转发。除去英语以外的其他语言的意见也将受到欢迎。

Loren Goldner

关于此案件的更多详情,请联系我:lrgoldner@gmail.com

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Jan 12 2011 00:00

A statement on the case has just been published, together with the text of comrade Oh Se-Cheol's statement made in court in December.

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Jan 12 2011 01:39

Translation in portuguese published in Passa Palavra (http://passapalavra.info/?p=34161) :

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(COREIA DO SUL) Oito trabalhadores activistas ameaçados com 5 a 7 anos de prisão

Em 3 de Dezembro do ano passado, o procurador do Tribunal do Distrito Central de Seul exigiu penas de prisão de 5 a 7 anos para Oh Sei-chull e outros membros (Yang Hyo-seok, Yang Joon-seok, Choi Young-ik, Park Joon-seon, Jeong Won-hyung e Oh Min-gyu) da Aliança dos Trabalhadores Socialistas da Coreia (SWLK), uma organização socialista revolucionária.

Estes activistas do movimento trabalhista coreano foram acusados em aplicação da falada Lei de Segurança Nacional da Coreia do Sul (aprovada em 1948 e que, em teoria, ainda prevê a pena de morte para as actividades “pró-Norte”).

Os oito militantes do SWLK – que, como internacionalistas, defendem a revolução dos trabalhadores nas duas Coreias – não foram acusados de qualquer crime específico para além do facto de serem socialistas, mas na realidade a acusação resulta da sua intervenção em várias greves e movimentos desde 2007. É a primeira vez, em muitos anos, que é exercida uma semelhante repressão tão dura em nome da referida lei.

Isso acontece no contexto mais amplo da viragem à direita (como o esmagamento da greve da Ssangyong Motor Co. em 2009) do governo do presidente sul-coreano Lee Myong Bak, desde que foi empossado no começo de 2008. (De facto, panfletos do SWLK distribuídos durante a greve sa Ssangyoung foram apresentados como prova principal no julgamento.)

Os procuradores têm tentado várias vezes acusar membros do SWLK desde 2008 e, até Dezembro último, as suas acusações foram sempre rejeitadas pelo tribunal. Não é impossível que uma barragem de emails de protesto dirigidos ao juiz Hyung Doo Kim, do Tribunal do Distrito Central de Seul, possa reduzir ou obviar as sentenças pendentes, uma vez que a sentença final deverá ser pronunciada em 27 de Janeiro próximo.

Que o juiz Kim tome conhecimento, pelas vossas próprias palavras, das vossas tomadas de posição acerca deste “crime de opinião”. Escrevam-lhe para

swlk@jinbo.net

Os emails têm de ser enviados até às 6h da manhã da segunda-feira dia 17 de Janeiro de 2011 (hora de Seul, GMT + 9h), de forma que o advogado da SWLK possa reenviá-los ao juiz antes da leitura da sentença.

Por favor façam circular este apelo o mais amplamente possível. As mensagens em línguas diferentes do inglês são benvindas.

Loren Goldner

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Korean translation:

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긴급 호소 : 한국 노동운동가 8인 5-7년 구형 위기

작년 12월3일, 서울 지방법원은 혁명적 사회주의 단체인 '한국 사회주의 노동자 연합(사노련)' 소속 오세철 교수와 다른 회원들(양효석, 양준석, 최영익, 박준선, 정원형, 오민규)에 대해 5-7년형을 선고했습니다. 한국에서 노동계급운동을 해 온 이들 활동가들은 한국의 악명 높은 국가보안법(1948년 통과된 법안으로 이론적으로는 여전히 "북한에 찬성하는" 활동가에게 사형을 명기하고 있는) 으로 기소되었습니다. 사노련의 선진 활동가 8인은 남북한의 노동계급 혁명을 지지해온 국제주의자들로 사회주의자인 것을 제외하고는 어떤 구체적인 사유로도 기소된 바 없었지만, 사실상 이번 기소는 2007년으로 거슬러 올라가 이들이 몇몇 파업과 투쟁에 관여했던 것에서 기인합니다. 이는 몇 년만에 처음 일어난 국가 보안법을 구실로 한 강력한 억압 사례입니다. 이는 더 큰 맥락에서 볼 때, 2008년 초 이명박 대통령이 정권을 잡은 이후 남한의 이 정권이 강력하게 우경화되어온 것(쌍용자동차 2009년 파업 분쇄같은)과 그 궤를 같이 합니다. (사실상, 쌍용 투쟁 시 뿌려진 사노련의 유인물이 이번 재판에서 핵심적인 증거가 되었습니다.)

검찰은 2008년 이후 여러차례 사노련 회원들을 기소하고자 했으나 12월 이전까지는 매번 소송 취하되었습니다. 서울 지방법원 김형두 담당 판사에게 집중적으로 항의 메일을 보냄으로써 향후 있을 판결의 형량을 줄이거나 아예 취하시킬 수도 있을 것입니다. 최종 선고는 1월 27일에 있을 예정입니다.

김형두 판사에게 다음 주소로 이메일을 보내어 이번 "사상 범죄" 탄압에 대한 여러분의 생각을 알려주시기 바랍니다.

swlk@jinbo.net

이메일은 2011년 1월 17일 월요일 새벽 6시(한국 시간)까지 수신되어야, 사노련 변호사가 선고에 앞서 해당 판사에게 이를 제츨할 수 있습니다.

가능한 한 널리 이 호소문을 전파해주시기 바랍니다.

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turkish translation:

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8 Koreli sosyalist 5-7 yıl arası hapis cezası ile karşı karşıya

Geçen yıl 3 Aralıkta Seoul Merkez Bölge Mahkemesi savcısı, devrimci sosyalist bir grup olan Kore Sosyalist İşçi İttifakından (KSİİ) Oh sei-chull ve diğer üyelerin ( Yang Hyo-Seok, Yang Joon-Seok, Choi Young-ik, Park Joon-seon, Jeong Won-hyung ve Oh Min-gyu) 5 ila 7 yıl arası hapis cezasını çarptırılmasını talep etti. Kore işçi sınıfı hareketinin bu üyeleri Güney Korenin meşum Ulusal Güvenlik Yasası üzerinden yargılanıyorlar (bu yasa 1948de geçti ve teorik olarak Küzey Kore yanlısı eylemlere ölüm cezasını da içeriyor). KSİİnin hem güney hem de kuzey Korede işçi sınıfı devrimini savunan sekiz enternasyonalist militanı sosyalist olmak dışında hiçbir suçla yargılanmasalarda, gerçekte 2007den beri bir çok grev ve hareketteki müdahaleleri iddianamenin esas temelini oluşturuyor. Ulusal Güvenlik Yasasına dayandırılarak böyle ağır bir baskı yıllardır görülmemiş türden bir ilk. Daha geniş bir bağlamda Güney Kore Başkanı Lee Myong Bakın koltuğa oturduğu 2008 başlarından beri görülen aşırı sağa kayışın genel eksenine oturuyor (örneğin 2009da ki Ssangyong Motor fabrikası grevinin ezilmesi). Bu anlamda, KSİİnin Ssangyong grevinde dağıttığı bildiriler mahkemenin dayandığı esas kanıtları oluşturuyor.

Savcılar KSİİnin üyelerini 2008den beri mahkemeye çıkarmaya çalıştılarsa da Aralıka kadar savcıların bu talepleri mahkeme tarafından sürekli geri çevrilmişti. Bir protesto e-maili bombardımanının nihai hükmün verileceği 27 Ocaka kadar Hakim Hyung Doo Kimin cezayı azaltmasını ya da tümüyle geçersiz kılmasını sağlaması tümden imkansız değil.

Hakim Kimin düşünce suçuna karşı bu baskıya karşı duygularınızı ve kendi sözünüzü duyması için şuraya yazın:
swlk [at] jinbo.net

E-maillerin Seoul saatiyle 17 Ocak Pazartesi 2001de 6:00 AMe kadar atılması gerekiyor ki böylece KSİİnin avukatı onları Hakim Kime karardan önce forwardlayabilsin.

Lütfen bu çağrıyı olabildiği kadar geniş bir şekilde yayın.
Loren Goldner
Detaylar için lrgoldner (at) gmail.com

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Jan 13 2011 13:42

in German: http://gis.blogsport.de/2011/01/09/solidaritaet-mit-arbeiteraktivistinnen-in-suedkorea/

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Dringender Appell:8 ArbeiteraktivistInnen aus Südkorea sind von 5 bis 7 Jahren Knast bedroht

Am 3. Dezember 2010 hat die Staatsanwaltschaft in Seoul Haftstrafen
zwischen 5 und 7 Jahren für Oh Sei-chull und weitere Mitglieder (Yang
Hyo-seok, Yang Joon-seok, Choi Young-ik, Park Joon-seon, Jeong Won-
hyung und Oh Min-gyu) der revolutionär-sozialistischen Gruppe
Socialist Workers‘ Alliance of Korea (SWLK) gefordert. Diese
AktivistInnen der koreanischen Arbeiterbewegung sind nach Südkoreas
berüchtigtem Gesetz für Nationale Sicherheit angeklagt (das Gesetz
wurde 1948 eingeführt und sieht theoretisch immer noch die Todesstrafe
für „pro-nördliche“ Aktivitäten vor). Den acht Militanten aus der
SWLK, die sich als InternationalistInnen für eine Arbeiterrevolution
in beiden koreanischen Staaten einsetzen, wird außer der Tatsache,
dass sie SozialistInnen sind, kein spezielles Verbrechen vorgeworfen.
Tatsächlich aber richtet sich die Anklage gegen ihre Interventionen in
mehreren Streiks und Bewegungen seit 2007. Dies ist seit vielen Jahren
der erste Fall einer derartig krassen Repression nach dem Gesetz für
Nationale Sicherheit. Der Fall muss im Zusammenhang mit der scharfen
Rechtswende (wie der Zerschlagung des Streiks bei Ssangyong Motor Co.
2009) der südkoreanischen Regierung seit dem Amtsantritt von Präsident
Lee Myong Bak 2008 gesehen werden. (Tatsächlich dienten während des
Ssangyong-Streiks verteilte SWLK-Flugblätter im Prozess als wichtige
Beweisstücke.)

Die Staatsanwälte haben seit 2008 schon mehrmals versucht, Mitglieder
der SWLK vor Gericht zu stellen. Bis zum letzten Dezember lehnten die
Gerichte die Eröffnung des Hauptverfahrens immer wieder ab. Es ist
durchaus möglich, dass eine Flut von Protest-Mails an Richter Hyung
Doo Kim vom zentralen Bezirksgericht Seoul (Seoul Central District
Court) dazu beiträgt, dass bei der Urteilsverkündung am 27. Januar
niedrigere oder gar keine Strafen verhängt werden.

Schreibt Richter Kim in euren eigenen Worten, was ihr von solchen
Repressionen gegen „Gedankenverbrechen“ handelt, und schickt dies an

swlk@jinbo.net

Die Mails müssen bis Montag, 17.01.2011 6:00 Uhr (Seouler Zeit)
ankommen, damit der Anwalt der SWLK sie vor der Urteilsverkündigung an
Richter Kim weiterleiten kann.

Bitte verbreitet diesen Appell so breit wie möglich. Ihr könnt gerne
auch in anderen Sprachen als Englisch schreiben.

Loren Goldner

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and in French: http://bataillesocialiste.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/huit-militants-ouvriers-sud-coreens-risquent-une-peine-de-5-a-7-ans-de-prison/

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Huit militants ouvriers sud-coréens risquent une peine de 5 à 7 ans de prison

Le 3 décembre 2010, le procureur du tribunal du district central de Séoul a requis des peines allant de 5 à 7 ans de prison contre Oh sei-chull, Yang Hyo-seok, Yang Joon-seok, Choi Young-ik, Park Joon-seon, Jeong Won-hyung et Oh Min-gyu, tous membres de la Socialist Workers Alliance de Corée (SWLK), un groupe socialiste révolutionnaire.

Ces militants du mouvement ouvrier coréen ont été inculpés en vertu de la tristement célèbre Loi pour la sécurité nationale, adoptée par la Corée du Sud en 1948 et qui prévoit théoriquement la peine de mort pour les activités «en faveur du Nord ».

Les huit membres de la SWLK sont des militants internationalistes qui préconisent une révolution ouvrière dans les deux Corée. Ils ne sont accusés d’aucun crime ou délit particulier, à part le fait d’avoir des idées révolutionnaires. Leur mise en accusation résulte de leur intervention dans de nombreuses grèves et de nombreux mouvements depuis 2007. C’est la première fois depuis de nombreuses années qu’une répression aussi sévère est lancée en vertu de la Loi pour la sécurité nationale.

Cet événement se produit dans le contexte d’un tournant à droite du gouvernement sud-coréen du président Lee Myong Bak depuis qu’il a pris ses fonctions au début de 2008 (comme en témoigne l’écrasement de la grève de Ssangyong en 2009). (Il faut souligner que des tracts de la SWLK qui avaient été distribués pendant la grève de Ssangyong ont servi de preuves clés dans ce procès.)

Les procureurs ont tenté d’inculper les membres de la SWLK à plusieurs reprises depuis 2008, et jusqu’alors leurs tentatives avaient échoué à chaque fois. Il n’est pas impossible qu’une campagne solide de protestations par e-mail au juge Hyung Kim Doo du tribunal du district central de Séoul aidera à réduire ou annuler les peines de ces militants, lorsque le verdict final sera rendu le 27 janvier. Le juge Kim doit prendre connaissance de votre opinion sur ce procès et sur ce « délit d’opinion ».

Pour ce faire, vous pouvez écrire avec vos propres mots à swlk@jinbo.net

Nous avons besoin de ces e-mails avant le lundi 17 janvier 2011, 6 heures du matin (heure de Séoul), afin que l’avocat de la SWLK puisse les transmettre au juge Kim avant que le verdict soit rendu. Nous vous prions de distribuer cet appel le plus largement possible et de nous envoyer des messages dans toutes les langues, pas seulement en anglais.

Si vous avez besoin de plus de détails sur cette affaire vous pouvez me contacter à lrgoldner@gmail.com

Merci d’avance pour votre solidarité.

Loren Goldner

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article with a call for solidarity emails in Slovak:
http://www.priamaakcia.sk/Osmim-pracujucim-v-Juznej-Korei-hrozi-vazenie-za-politicke-nazory-Posli-protestny-e-mail.html

by the way, the original article contains 7 not 8 names. This is the list of all the 8 as we received them from one of the persecuted Korean comrades today:

Oh Se-cheol, Yang Hyo-sik, Yang Joon-seok, Choi Young-ik, Park Joon-seon, Jeong Won-hyun, Oh Min-gyu, and Won Nam-goong

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Jan 13 2011 15:41

Maybe worth making into news article? I'd do it but dont have the time right now

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Protest action of Priama akcia in support of the workers from Socialist Workers’ Alliance of Korea

On 14th January, Friday morning, Priama akcia – Bratislava (IWA/AIT Slovakia) organized an action in support of the workers from SWLK. Together with other individuals we visited the embassy of Korean republic in Bratislava and protested against prosecution of SWLK members. We were received not by the ambassador Seo Seok-soong himself, but by the embassy’s councellor Kim Gyuyoung. The meeting lasted for over an hour and after we explained the reasons and aim of the protest the representative promised to inform the ministry of foreign affairs in Seoul. We continue appealing to people in Slovakia and Czech to send e-mails until Sunday 16th January 22:00 CET to the judge handling the case. More information and a model letter (including English version) can be found in the following article http://www.priamaakcia.sk/Osmim-pracujucim-v-Juznej-Korei-hrozi-vazenie-za-politicke-nazory-Posli-protestny-e-mail.html.

Priama akcia
Slovak section of International Workers’ Association (IWA/AIT)

Source:
http://www.priamaakcia.sk/Protest-action-in-support-of-the-workers-from-Socialist-Workers-Alliance-of-Korea.html

Further info on the case:
The South Korean ruling class tears aside the veil of its “democracy”
Korean Militants Facing Prison

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Feb 15 2011 00:36

Here is a radio piece on the case: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/49456. Its based on interviews with Loren Goldner and two of the militants: Oh Sei-Chull and Oh Min-gyu.

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Feb 15 2011 18:07

The bourgeoisie are really doing a job on this. Sentencing on the 18th of this month.