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‘Jeju Island of Peace’ film and talk in Bangor Feb. 12

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, at 11:36 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2013, at 4:53 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — “JeJu Island of Peace in the Crosshairs of War” film and talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St.

Maine independent filmmaker, Regis Tremblay, will present his new film on the history and significance of the years of protests by the villagers of Jeju Island, South Korea, where a huge naval base to accommodate President Obama’s “Asian Pivot” is being constructed.

Maine peace, justice, and environmental activists, including Tremblay, have joined Koreans in Jeju Island in nonviolent protests which have been met with massive arrests and brutal repression.

The base is destroying a biodiverse region of the world protected by UNESCO. These waters are home to many rare and endangered species, dolphins, and beautiful coral reefs that will be destroyed by the construction of this base and the activity of the U.S. and S. Korean navies. The military base will accommodate more than 6,000 military personnel and will destroy the traditional way of life for villagers.

Tremblay will argue that Jeju, the Island of Peace, is a little known, major, peace and justice struggle. It is a microcosm for the U.S. imperial agenda to impose a Pax Americana on the planet through the use of overwhelming military force on the land, the sea, in the air, and in space.

The showing and talk are free and open to the public.

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