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S. Korea should stop sacrificing agriculture says Namki baek’s daughter at ISS conference, The Hague

8 February 2016

In solidarity, LVC delegates invited Minjuhwa Baek to speak about her father and the South Korean situation at the just ended International Institute of Social studies (ISS) Global Governance Seminar (February 4 and 5) at The Hague. Below is her presentation.

In solidarity, LVC delegates invited Minjuhwa Baek to speak about her father and the South Korean situation at the just ended International Institute of Social studies (ISS) Global Governance Seminar (February 4 and 5) at The Hague. Below is her presentation. My father has fought for farmers' rights as a member of the Korean Catholic Farmers' movement since 1986. Last year on November 14th he attended the demonstration in Seoul, South Korea to demand the government to raise the price of rice as our president had promised during the president's election pledge. Last year, the price of rice fell to the same level as it was 20 years ago. The Government has sacrificed agriculture in exchange of international treaties like the TPP (trans-pacific strategic Economic Partnership) or signing free trade agreements with other countries. That's why rice price has fallen so lown and farmers in South Korea are in critical danger. But the Korean government, instead of hearing him out, shot my father directly with very high pressure water cannon. My father remains unconscious from that moment until now. It's been 83 days so far. And there was no single apology from the government. Moreover the president Park Geun Hye has compared the protesters to the Islamic State. It is unbelievable and beyond absurdity to hear this. She said “South Korean protesters are terrorists”. Can you believe what she said in the government cabinet meeting? She tries to oppress freedom of speech and freedom of press, she is not listening to people. We have not heard anything about my father's condition and situation from any main media in Korea even though he is the most serious victim of the abusive governmental authority. My family has accused police of attempted murder and filed a petition in the Constitutional Court. We want a sincere apology from the government and punishment for all the personal responsible. And I would like tell the Korean government to stop sacrificing agriculture any longer. Watch video of this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/viacampesinaOFFICIAL/videos/958172980919940/

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