ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF SONGUN POLITICS UK
London 1st of March Juche 109(2020)
The Association for the Study of Songun Politics(ASSPUK) , the British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea (BGSJI), the UK Korean Friendship Association(UK KFA) and British Solidarity Committee for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula (BSCPRKP)issued the following joint statement on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the March 1st popular uprising in Korea
The March 1st popular uprising of the Korean people was a heroic act of mass resistance to the barbaric imperialist colonial rule of Japan . It was the result of the bitter resentment of the Korean people towards imperialist Japan which had annexed Korea some 9 years before in 1910 after long coveting the land of Korea and planning to seize it by hook or by crook. The March 1st popular uprising was a just uprising against oppression and exploitation by Japanese imperialism.
The great leader President KIM IL SUNG wrote in his reminiscences "With the Century " that
"Through the March First Popular Uprising the Korean people demonstrated to the whole world that ours are a people with a strong spirit of independence who do not want to live as the slaves of others and that they are a people with indomitable stamina and ardent patriotism who fear no sacrifice in order to regain their country"
The reactionary Japanese imperialists brutally suppressed the uprising by force killing many innocent people. A total of 7 500 people were killed, 46 900 arrested and jailed and 15 900 wounded. This shows the gruesome barbarity of the samurai wielding bloodthirsty Japanese imperialists.
US imperialism in Asia. Japan is being encouraged by the US to see itself as a regional power(not that Japanese militarism needs much encouragement) Japanese imperialism is planning to make a comeback in Korea. It has laid claims to Tok Islet in south Korea. Japan also dominates the south Korean economy and jointly exploits south Korea with US imperialism . Japan pursues an extremely hostile policy towards the DPRK. Japan commits acts of terrorism against Korean residents in Japan and is denying them the right to education.
Although the March 1st popular uprising was brutally suppressed by the Japanese imperialists the independent spirit of the heroic up-risers is alive . Today that spirit of independence is represented by the Juche idea and the anti-imperialist Democratic People's Republic of Korea led by the dear respected leader Marshal KIM JONG UN , outstanding anti-imperialist leader of our epoch. South Korea lacks independence and the spirit of Juche. .True to the spirit of the March 1st Uprisers south Korea must become totally independent and throw off all shackles.
Our organisations urge that Japan should apologise to the Korean people and compensate them for its crimes . Moreover Japan should take its hands off Korea and keep out ! Forward to a totally independent reunified Korea free from the domination of outside forces,.