Pyongyang, May 15 (KCNA) -- As already reported, policemen under the joint investigation headquarters of Japan on Tuesday arrested 3 officials of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) including a vice department director of its Central Standing Committee, walked off them in handcuffs in the eyes of their family members and searched their houses on groundless charges of involvement in the "Oriental Co. Ltd's violation of the law on foreign exchange."
A spokesman for the Democratic Lawyers Association of Korea (DLAK)
in a statement on Thursday vehemently denounced the Japanese
reactionaries' brutal suppression of Chongryon officials as a hideous
politically-motivated provocation against the DPRK and Chongryon, an
illegal human rights abuse and fascist crackdown.
Lurking behind the recent action is a sinister intention of the
Japanese reactionaries to stamp out Chongryon by branding it as an
"illegal organization" and "criminal organization", incite
anti-Chongryon, anti-DPRK atmosphere throughout the Japanese society and
thus revive militarism and realize its wild ambition for reinvading
Asia at any cost, the statement said, and went on:
Their fascist action is touching off bitterer anti-Japanese
sentiments among the 70 million Koreans as it was another unpardonable
act of adding to the unprecedented crimes perpetrated by the Japanese
imperialists against the Koreans in the past.
The Japanese authorities should stop acting rashly, well aware of
the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by their conspiratorial
crackdown upon Chongryon, immediately set free the illegally arrested
Chongryon officials and apologize to the Korean nation for the action.
The fair-minded lawyers of Japan and the international community
should properly see through the ulterior aim sought by the Japanese
authorities in their undemocratic and inhuman suppression of Chongryon
and resolutely hold in check it. -0-