So I’ve been terrible about keeping up with writing (…as per usual… ㅜㅜ). But a while back, I was lucky enough to sit in on the ISC’s interview with 민가협/Minkahyup, an organization for the family members of those who have been politically imprisoned under Korea’s National Security Law. Every Thursday afternoon at 2pm, they hold a protest at Tapgol Park in Seoul to demand a) the release of all political prisoners, and b) the abolishment of the NSL. Thursday, October 16th, marked the organization’s 1,000th protest. While many Korean activists came out to support Minkahyup and to pay respects to the mothers who have carried on the struggle, the fact that the organization continues to organize and exist out of necessity lent an underlying somberness to the event as well. During the event, a speaker noted that Minkahyup’s goal is to be rendered obsolete; that no more people be imprisoned, and no more families be torn apart by the government. I’m not used to organizations advocating for their own end, but it just goes to show the depths of the Minkahyup mothers’ dedication; they organize not for fun, but for a goal that they wish to see through til the end. Thank you to the Minkahyup mothers for sharing their stories; I hope that, together, we can see your goals accomplished and that you and your families can get the peace you deserve.
by Dae-Han Song
Making History: Minkahyup
The interview was carried out by Dae-Han Song and Stephanie Park with interpretation by Jeong Eun Hwang.
On October 16th, Minkahyup had their thousandth Thursday protest against the National Security Law and for the release of all political prisoners. On October 22nd, Jeong-Eun Hwang, Stephanie Park, and Dae-Han Song visited Minkahyup to interview its current president Jo, Soon Deok; former president Kim, Jeong Seok; and administrative coordinator Kim, Hyun Joo.
“What was your reaction when you found out your sons were wanted by the police?” I start the interview. Jo, Soon Deok begins, “Mothers usually think, ‘The work [fighting for democracy] needs to be done, but why does it have to be my child?’ I felt the same.” A few months after becoming Student Council President, her son gave a…
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