Millions mourn Kim Jong-Il
The following is from Fight Back! News:
The morning of Dec. 19 started like a normal Monday for the Korean staff at the Hae Dang Hwa restaurant in Beijing. The greeting staff welcomed hungry customers at the front door, the chefs began prepping their fine selection of kimchi and other Korean dishes and the waitresses and waiters began taking down orders for their guests. All of that changed when a China Daily reporter mentioned in a conversation with a waitress that Kim Jong-Il, the head of state for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), had died that morning of a heart attack. In minutes, the entire Korean staff – from the waiters to the chefs in the kitchen – broke down in tears and, after apologizing to the customers, closed the restaurant early for the day so they could grieve the national tragedy together.
Several thousand miles away in Pyongyang, mass sorrow like that experienced in this Beijing restaurant took the swept the capital as men, women and children – from the most esteemed party official to the steel worker – took to the streets to mourn Kim’s death.
Most people in the United States have a hard time understanding the sorrow of the Korean people and the Western media spent the better part of the past few days ridiculing this mass display of grief. After all, it’s inconceivable to imagine the death of any U.S. leader – President or otherwise – eliciting unanimous mourning from the American people. Nevertheless, even the harshest critics could not deny the sincerity of the tears shed by the Korean people, both in the DPRK and abroad, on the morning of Dec. 19.
The following May 20th statement is from the Korean Central News Agency:
Pyongyang, May 20 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the DPRK National Defence Commission issued a statement today as regards the sinking of warship “Cheonan” of the south Korean puppet navy.
“I trespassed on the border owing to a wrong understanding of the DPRK. This was caused by the West’s false propaganda."
The following is from Proletarian Online, the website of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist). The CPGB-ML introduces the article, saying “The following article first appeared in the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 5 February. We reproduce it here with thanks.”
What is especially interesting to note is that since the DPRK magnanimously released Robert Park, a Korean American who illegally entered the DPRK carrying printed materials demanding that Kim Jong Il step down from power and be put on trial for war crimes, he has not retracted this statement. Nor, it would appear, has he made any statements against the DPRK, despite, we can be quite sure, very considerable pressure to do so, and much to the embarrassment of such anti-communist bodies as Christian Solidarity Worldwide, who noisily campaigned for his release.
The following article is from the Red Star, a newspaper of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), a party that after waging people’s war in that country for over a decade now leads a revolutionary coalition government:
Mao Zedong with Korean revolutionary leader Kim Il Sung
Jucche ideology leading to socialism
– Krishna Bahadur Mahara
After meeting with the Ambassador of Democratic People’s Republic (DPR) of Korea in Nepal, I accepted the invitation to go to Korea in September 2008. I was specially invited by the department of Information and Communication of DPR Korea to share bilateral experiences in information and communication.
The Korean political power was established through the accomplishment of a historic revolution and the continuous struggle against the remnants of the domestic feudalism inside and against imperialism outside.
The following message of solidarity from the NDFP to Comrade Kim Jong Il and the DPRK is reprinted from the website Philippine Revolution Web Central.
Message on the occasion of the 60th founding anniversary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Kim Il Sung with Mao Zedong
National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)
September 09, 2008
Comrade Kim Jong Il
Workers’ Party of Korea
Pyongyang Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Dear Comrade Kim Jong Il,
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), including the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army and 15 other allied revolutionary organizations, extends its most heartfelt congratulations to you and the heroic people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the auspicious occasion of the 60th founding anniversary of the DPRK.
We join you and the people of DPRK in recollecting the immortal feats of Comrade President Kim Il Sung, such as: Continue reading
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