Although I would certainly have found this in my daily news trawl, I did in fact first see it at One Free Korea so I'm going to give a hat tip to Joshua.
If you have a moment or two, go read (or re-read) this 2005 post on the chinboista-led effort to rally people around the notion of removing the statue of General Douglas MacArthur in Inchon's Chayu (Freedom) Park.
Now, bask in my awesome prescience and insight as you read this Joongang Daily story from two days ago about the arrest of two Pyongyang operatives who have been arrested for being behind that effort:
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.Bask!
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.
|Okay, this isn't the statue, but it's a far more interesting |
picture than any I found of the one in Inchon.
Chinboistas hate MacArthur because his little Inchon stunt took out all their commie friends.ReplyDelete
Interesting side issue. I've heard conjecture some of the resistance to doing anything substantive regarding DPRK is driven by ROK elites (politicians, businessmen, academics, etc.) who have collaborated with the Kim regime(s). Imagine all the incriminating documents sitting in storage in Pyongyang and elsewhere which would become available if the NoRKs collapsed.ReplyDelete