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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 9th, 2010 at 1:36 am

Crackdown On North Korean Spies Linked to the Anti-US Movement In South Korea Continues

Via a reader tip comes this report of yet another crackdown on the North Korean backed anti-US leftists that tried to tear down the MacArthur Statue in Incheon five years ago:

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.

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  • Lee
    6:48 pm on August 8th, 2010 1

    I wonder how long it will take for the Korean public to realise the connection between this revelation and the mad cow protests.

  • K
    7:19 pm on August 8th, 2010 2

    Seeing this example, I guess it was prudent that US did not place in Okinawa any important artifact of great American historical significance that Okinawans could desecrate. As for Korea, the fact that places like Incheon are not isolated regions like Okinawa but rather the very hearts and souls of Korea make it easier for the troublemakers to diffuse and promulgate disruptive information.

    I agree Koreans need to be educated more on American-Korean relationship and their own modern history in general, especially about how they came to be speaking Korean, not Japanese or Chinese today.

  • Lemmy
    2:46 am on August 9th, 2010 3

    What a priceless picture! I'm sending it to Michael Savage.

  • Chris In Dallas
    5:05 am on August 9th, 2010 4

    If only Park Chung Hee was still around…

  • Yoshida
    7:55 am on August 9th, 2010 5

    Let's assume for a moment that indeed these leftist groups are in cahoots with DPRK intelligence services. That there goal is the eventual overthrow of the ROK government, Juche-style reunification, and giving the boot to US forces stationed in Korea. If this be so, then I think that they have very little to show for their efforts so far.

    I mean, give me a break. Trying to have removed a statue of Gen. "Old Soldier's Never Die" is the best they've got so far? I mean if these groups were helping DPRK security forces in carrying out say another Blue House raid, assassinating cabinet members in one fell swoop, or blowing up KAL/Asiana flights then I would most definitely share the sense of alarm and trepidation demonstrated by this post and its attendant comments.

    "Ah, but what about the beef protests that almost ousted President Lee from office?" I would respond by saying that despite what certain conservative publications would like their fellow citizens to believe, this line of thinking is merely a Cold War/military government era mode of thinking. The beef protests were a huge and diverse phenomenon. They included middle, high school, college students as well as young parents. For those of you who follow social trends in South Korea, these demographic groups are anything but sleeper Juche-agents or hardcore leftist activist. If any of you follow the news in South Korea, most of these people are concerned over getting into college, getting good TOEIC scores, getting a job, or hoping that something fortunate or another happens with regards to the real-estate market. Even considering the fact that there was a DPRK funded organization somewhere lurking amongst the protesting throngs, in all likelihood the majority of individuals holding up candlelight weren't concerning themselves too much with whatever leadership or direction they were ostensibly suppose to be receiving.

    When I see posts like this about leftist organizations and there possible connections with the DPRK, I can't but wonder if the blogger and his commentators have any idea as to what they are talking about. It's as if nothing about South Korean society has changed in the nearly over sixty years of existence. To them, despite all the major economic, social, and political changes, everyone in South Korea is still capable of being brainwashed by those commies for the North. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most South Koreans are too busy with living their day-to-day lives to bother themselves whole heartedly with anti-2MB or anti-government activities.

    In other words, these so-called DPRK funded lefty fishies swim in inhospitable (or shall I say apathetic) waters. All this post demonstrates is that it's more smoke than fire.

  • Benicio74
    1:01 pm on August 9th, 2010 6

    To Yoshida, while the anti-McCarthur statue movement was actually a fairly minor event, the use of mad cow protests as an attempt to destroy the Lee Myung Bak government and seriously strain ROK-US relations were very serious!

    While the large majority of protestors at the mad cow rallies were just regular citizens from a wide strata of the Korean population, they were out there in the streets having no idea how they were being lied to and manipulated by the core progressive/pro-Pyongyang groups who are very adept at using the Internet and other sources to spread their propaganda/lies to the populace. The government has shown themselves to be very poor at countering these tactics- 2002 middle school girls vs. tank accident & the recent sinking of the Cheonan.

    In any of these instances, personally I have heard all manner of fantastically ridiculous lies repeated by common folk who have no connection to the hardcore commie groups. They read it on the Internet or heard/read it in the progressive media outlets.

    Much like many of Tea Party participants in the US, they have no idea how they are being lied to and manipulated behind the scenes by well organized anti-government groups.

    Do NOT continue to promote the myth that these are just ordinary grassroots movements started by ordinary concerned citizens.

    The movements are secretely directed from behind the scenes by forces who wish to remain secret, lest their true nature be discovered!

  • john
    10:21 am on August 11th, 2010 7

    I agree with #6 BENICIO74.

    Let me share my observation of Korean TV news media. Not too long ago, there were not many news outlets in ROK. When President Chun DH (the one who became president of ROK after coup in 1979) was in power, the 9PM TV news on all 3 channels (MBC, KBS1, KBS2) ALWAYS stared the news with a short clip about what President Chun did that day. Some were of some significance but many were trivial stuff.

    Fast forward to Presidents Kim, DJ and Roh, MH. 9PM news always included a piece of some alleged abuse by USFK. One was of medical waste that was dumped by USFK near an abandoned US radar station. Another was of a flood that a village was experiencing because a US base nearby wouldn't cooperate with digging a deeper trench that was in front of the base. Such pieces were included in 9PM news EVERY day.

    You keep telling people something (especially from seemingly credible source as 9PM news), it's bound to stick. Why do I share this?

    Yoshida should note that West Germany discovered East Germany had planted 40,000 (again 40,000) spies in West Germany. It was discovered after the reunification of Germany. I'd expect nothing less from North Korea of all regimes.

    NK regime may be cruel and seem incompetent (maybe they are), but don't underestimate their ability to pursue a goal with laser focus determination. They don't have to worry about elections and changing president every few years.


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