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Issue #1800      October 25, 2017

Sydney rally says “No War In Korea”

Peace activists rallied outside the Sydney offices of the Department of Defence on October 13 calling for the de-escalation of the drive to war over Korea.

Members of Sydney’s Korean Community, organised in the Sydney Candlelight Alliance, joined other anti-war activists in the lunchtime action.

In a peace declaration read to the rally, the Alliance said that “War or military intervention must never be discussed as an option on the Korean Peninsula” and “all efforts must be made towards a peaceful negotiation and resolution”. The statement demanded that “Australia assume a responsible position and make all efforts to de-escalate the situation and pursue a policy of peaceful resolution in the region”.

Peace activists from the Anti-Bases Campaign, IPAN-NSW and the Marrickville Peace Group condemned the actions of the Australian Government, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Senator Marise Payne who were at the time visiting South Korea.

They were contributing to the tension on the Korean Peninsula by backing the Trump war drive and sending elements of the Australian Defence Force to the region.

Nick Deane of IPAN-NSW said “We make the following demands of our government: Support the Freeze on Freeze proposal advocated by China which means both the US and the DPRK (North Korea) have to make moves for peace. The US has to stop its military exercises and the DPRK has to stop its tests of missiles and nuclear devices. Secondly all elements of the ADF must be removed from the region and Australia should act to propel all parties to the Korean War to sign a peace treaty.”

The demonstration was organized as part of the CPA Sydney District and Maritime Branch campaign to stop a war in Korea. Letters have been sent to the government, Opposition and the Greens, and paste-ups have been organised in parts of the Sydney District.

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