Korean Students Protest at US Envoy’s Home

The Associated Press called the protestors “anti-American“. CBS news called the protest an “invasion“. The Korea Herald called the it a surprise protest. These are the words of colonizers and their collaborators.

On Friday, Oct 18th, 19 students in South Korea were arrested after climbing over the wall that protected the home of US Ambassador Harry Harris. The students were protesting against the US military in their country and the costs to maintain the presence of these colonizers.

South Korea was officially colonized by Japan for 35 years, from 1910 to 1945. After WW2, the US set up a military dictatorship in the country that lasted until 1987. The US military never left.

Harry Harris, a former US navy officer reaching the rank of a 4-star admiral and who is now the US Ambassador to South Korea, is a Japanese-American. Why would the US ever consider establishing a person of Japanese descent into a country formerly colonized by that country?… Because South Korea is still a colony. To be more specific, a semi-colony.

The US maintains 83 military bases in South Korea alone. Over 28,500 US troops litter the southern half of the peninsula. Missiles, radars, surveillance, and other military equipment cover the country from head-to-toe. An additional 200,000 Americans live and work in the country. If the nation ever goes to war, the US military takes operational control of South Korea. The people of the Republic of Korea (ROK) pay for the presence of their colonizers. This is how colonialism works.

A Korean student holds a banner in front of the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Seoul, South Korea. The sign reads “Harris, leave this land!” (Chun Jin-hwan/Newsis via AP)

In recent weeks, negotiations between the US and ROK have been ongoing to increase the costs of maintaining the colonizers’ presence. Since 1953, a “burden-sharing” agreement between the two nations have been unbroken. The citizens of South Korea have paid for the US military presence for over 66 years. This is part of the reason why the students were protesting.

When a nation does not control all of its affairs, especially its own military, is it not a colony? There are no South Korean military bases on US soil. When one nation controls another nations affairs and those actions are not reciprocal, the subordinate nation is therefore a colony.

South Korean police officers detain a person during a protest against the Special Measures Agreement, at Habib House in Seoul on Oct. 18. (Photographer: Kim Chul-Soo/EPA)

South Korea paid over $830 million USD for the US military presence in 2018. This is about 40 percent of the total costs of $1.25 trillion USD. But these costs do not cover everything and simple items like electricity, infrastructure maintenance, and local police security are not included. Clearly, the ROK pays more than 40 percent.

These bases bring with them everything wrong with Western culture: prostitution, black markets, environmental pollution, and other vices.

A Colonizers Tweet

In response to Mr. Harris’ tweet, I’d like to give a big shout out to the student heroes who breached their own perimeter, a home on their own land. This may be the 2nd time for an incident like this within 13 months, but many more will come. They will forcibly take back their land and homes. The cats can stay but the colonizers must leave!

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