As Jeju Island has suffered from over-development and more militarization, we have continued losing other Gureombi Rocks in different places across Jeju Island. They are small mountains, forests and small rivers that have lived there for thousands of years. We are saddened to lose them and see them being destroyed. Although we feel our voices are too small to be heard widely, we will not stop and give up.
We are people of peace, justice and resistance.
We are a community of peace and justice activists. Before Gureombi Rock was damaged, hundreds of citizens from Jeju island and the mainland came to Gangjeong village to stop it. Although they didn’t stop the construction, their will and spirits for peace and justice still remained and it led some of them to sustain the anti-base movement. I, myself, am one of them and have lived in Gangjeong Village where Gureombi Rock is buried in concrete.
Every day at 7 a.m., we do 100 bows at the gate of the naval base and at 11:00 a.m. we celebrate a Catholic mass in the street. After that we do human chain events by sharing songs and dances with visitors from all over the country. Speaking up against state violence and wars on the ground is a manifestation of nonviolence and the transforming power of life. My dear friends never stop but continue in their persistence. I admire them and am proud that I am a part of this community.