Seoul police arrested two pro-Pyongyang activists on charges of starting a campaign to remove a statue of U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur from a park in Incheon under orders from North Korea.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, two leaders of the Korean Confederation Unification Promotion Council were arrested on charges of receiving directives from a North Korean agent from 2004 to 2005 to stage a series of violent, illegal rallies from May to September 2005, demanding the removal of the MacArthur statue. The North also told them to organize an alliance of progressive civic groups to demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea.
Police said 12 additional members of the council are to be investigated in the case.
This is the latest in a series of investigations of national security law violations regarding the statue of the general, who led the United Nations Command in the Korean War from 1950 to 1951. In memory of his September 1950 amphibious invasion at Incheon, which turned the tide of the war, the statue was erected at the Incheon Freedom Park in 1957. [Joong Ang Ilbo]
Read the rest at the link, but the For those that don’t know, the Korean Confederation Unification Promotion Council is one of the many North Korean front groups active in South Korea that instigated the MacArthur Statue protests in Incheon that ultimately led to a massive counter-demonstration by ROK Marine Corps veterans that turned the streets of Incheon into utter anarchy of fisticuffs:
What was most revolting about this issue was that the anti-US leftists deliberately planned their biggest protest to tear down the MacArthur Statue on September 11, 2005, which brought us memorable pictures such as this:
These people have been breaking the law for years, but has been able to get away with it due to the Roh Moo-hyun administration not enforcing the National Security Law. This selective enforcement of the law is nothing new in Korea because while these North Korean apologists and spies was busy degrading the country, the Roh government was busy trying to silence the ROK veterans groups that regularly counter-protests these North Korean stooges. Lets also keep in mind that it wasn’t just the anti-US leftists that were trying to tear down the statue, the Korea Times also advocated for tearing down the statue:
As President Roh made it clear that it is the government’s position to keep the statue, U.S. lawmakers had better wait and see. Nor is this an issue for partisan wrangling domestically. Related officials can consider relocating it to a war memorial from the present public park someday. We have never heard of a statue of Dwight Eisenhower in Normandy to commemorate D-Day.
So keep that in mind the next time you read the Korea Times, that they advocated removing the MacArthur statue because a bunch of North Korean sponsored stooges demanded it. Plus their claims that Eisenhower’s statue is not on display at Normandy were proven to be utterly false as well. Ike’s statue stands proudly at Normandy just like MacArthur’s statue should continue to stand proudly at Inchon.
With the Lee Myung-bak administration in power they have regularly been going after these North Korean sponsored leftist groups in the aftermath of the mad cow demonstrations that nearly toppled his presidency in 2008. This latest prosecution is just a continuing of this effort which has led to a very long lull in anti-US activity in South Korea. These anti-US groups are now for the most part laying low now awaiting their next opportunity to demagogue and lie about an issue to bring them the national media attention they crave to promote their causes.