The UK Korean Friendship Association together with the Association for the Study and the Juche Idea Study Group of England picketed the UK Ministry of Defence in Whitehall on the 3rd of November at 1630hrs to protest against the participation of British forces in anti-DPRK war exercises being held in south Korea. The picket was attended by members of UK KFA , the ASSPUK and JISGE as well as members of the New Communist Party including general secretary Andy Brooks.
Addressing the picket chairman of the Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK and chairman of the UK Korean Friendship Assocation addressed the picket saying " We can only say that we are shocked and outraged by the decision of the British government to send 4 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets, Voyager tanker aircraft and C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to take part in the so-called "Invincible Shield " military exercises of the US imperialists and south Korean puppets against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from the 4th of November to the 10th of November. This is just disgraceful . The DPRK poses no military threat to Britain , there is absolutely no need for Britain to become involved in the Korean peninsula .According to official British military statistics 1,000 British soldiers died in Korea during the 1950 Fatherland Liberation War . Of course the real numbers are probably much higher than that. However there was no reason for even 1 British soldier to die in Korea(or indeed Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yugoslavia or nothern Ireland ) It was a war that Britain should have kept out . Now the UK government plans to send fighter planes and other aircraft to join anti-DPRK war exercises . There is every danger of a second Korean War in which British forces will be dragged into it, only this time the the casualty rate would be much higher.Britain should stay out of Korea and not repeat the shameful history of the Korean War !"
Messages of support from the Switzerland-Korea Comittee/Swiss KFA , KFA Spain and the Anti-Imperialist Platform of Germany were read out.
RAF OUT OF KOREA !
NO BRITISH SUPPORT FOR US WARMONGERS !
NO BRITISH SUPPORT FOR THE SOUTH KOREAN PUPPETS !
BRITAIN OUT OF KOREA !
NO TO WAR IN KOREA !
NO TO SANCTIONS TO WAR !
DOWN WITH BRITISH IMPERIALISM !
KOREA IS ONE !
DEFEND PEOPLE'S KOREA !
The UK KFA banner and DPRK flag were displayed along with placards saying No to British participation in anti-DPRK war exercises .
Leaflets were given to out to passers by and discussions held.
A small group of Navy personnel tried to harrass the picketers saying "You are discredited " but we stood our ground.