|South Korea||PRIEST CHALLENGES GOVERNMENT TO DISCLOSE MASSACRE FACTS|
A Catholic priest led a protest in Seoul to urge the South Korean government to disclose the truth of the 1948 massacre on Cheju Island and to compensate its victims and restore their honour.
The government and National Assembly have failed to show interest in the massacre that took at least 30,000 lives on the southern island 51 years ago, said the demonstrators' statement, read by Father Simon Lim Moon-cheol.
Led by Father Lim, a group of some 100 religious people and members of the Cheju provincial council recently demonstrated in front of the headquarters of the ruling National Congress for New Politics.
The demonstrators also called in their statement for the establishment of a special law to acknowledge the massacre. "More than 50 years have passed, but the truth has not been disclosed. The disclosure of the massacre and compensation for the victims should be made to make people aware of the dignity of human rights and lives," Father Lim of Cheju diocese told UCA News.
|10:05am 4/5/99 / UCA News|