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Monday, October 30, 2017

Solidarity Statement for South Korean Youth Peace Activists Denied Entry into the United States

Solidarity Statement for South Korean Youth Peace Activists Denied Entry into the United States

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, fifteen South Korean youth activists were denied entry into the United States. Their delegation, Ban Trump’s Crazy action (BTC), was coming to the United States to protest Trump administration policies and proclamations toward North Korea – “fire and fury,” “totally destroy North Korea” - that are escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and threatening a second Korean War.

But when they arrived at Incheon International airport, U.S. officials blocked their departure telling the youth their ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) was not valid and that they needed hardcopy visas issued by the U.S. embassy. They later discovered that their ESTA approvals had been canceled earlier that morning. One member of their group who had earlier left for the United States was stopped at JFK airport, held in detention without access to a telephone, and scheduled for deportation the next day.

After being blocked from entering the United States, the delegation immediately held a protest at the airport and then moved to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul for a press conference. As peace-loving youth, they expressed shock at having been banned from entry into the United States. Their intention was only to protest Trump’s escalation of tension in Korea through dance, song, and marching, and to meet U.S. citizens who share their desire for peace. “Why do you fear us, Trump? We are not terrorists. Lift the entry ban now!,” they proclaimed. BTC will continue to protest their ban at the U.S. Embassy and hold peace vigils until Donald Trump’s arrival in Seoul on November 7th.

*Stand with BTC *

As organizations and individuals who advocate open borders, freedom of speech, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts, we strongly protest the U.S. entry ban of the members of BTC and demand a full explanation for this action and immediate reversal of this decision. We also forcefully oppose the Trump administration’s escalation of tension with North Korea, fully support South Korean peacemakers mobilizing to protest Trump’s visit to their country and preparing for mass demonstrations on November 4th, and stand in solidarity with all people - Koreans, citizens of the United States, and others throughout the world - unconditionally committed to preventing a second Korean War.

People in U.S. standing for peace and no wars in the Korean Peninsula

Endorsing organizations:  (alphabetical order)

About Face
Action One Korea, Los Angeles
Baltimore City Green Party
Brooklyn For Peace
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
Catholic Workers
Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation
CODEPINK
Environmentalists Against War
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, National
International Action Center, New York
International Forum on Globalization, San Francisco
Korean American National Coordinating Council, inc
Korean Peace Alliance, Los Angeles
Nanum Corean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, New York
Peace Action New York State
Peace Action Montgomery
Peace Action, National
Progressive Asian Network for Action, Los Angeles
RootsAction.org
Support committee for Korean prisoners of conscience in US
Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and US militarism in Asia and the Pacific, National
TLtC Justice & Peace Committee
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), National
US Labor Against the War
Veterans For Peace - National
Veterans For Peace - NYC Chapter 034
World Beyond War





한국 청년 평화운동가들의 미국 입국이 금지당하다.



지난 10월 25일(수), 한국 청년 활동가 15명이 미국 입국을 금지당했다. 이들은 ‘방탄청년단’(방미 트럼프 탄핵 청년단)이란 이름으로 미국 주요 도시들을 돌며, 한반도의 긴장을 고조시키고 제 2의 한국전쟁의 가능성을 높이는 트럼프 미 대통령의 정책과 “화염과 분노”, “북한을 완전히 파괴” 같은 발언들을 규탄할 계획이었다.

방탄청년단이 인천공항에서 출국 절차를 밟으려 할 때, 미국 출입국 직원들은 이들의 ESTA(무비자 미국 방문 프로그램) 승인이 취소되었으며 미국에 입국하려면 미 대사관에서 인쇄된 비자를 받아와야 한다고 공지했다. 방탄청년단은 당일 아침에 ESTA 승인이 취소된 것을 그때야 발견했다. 다른 일행들보다 먼저 출발한 한 명은 문제 없이 미국행 비행기에 탑승했었지만, 미국 JFK 공항에 도착해서 입국 거부당하고 억류되었다. 억류된 동안 전화 통화나 접견이 금지되었으며 다음 날 비행기로 추방당했다.

미국 입국 금지 통보를 받은 방탄청년단은 인천공항에서 규탄 행동을 진행했고, 당일 저녁 광화문 미 대사관 앞에서 기자회견을 열었다. 방탄청년단은 “평화를 사랑하는 청년들인 우리가 미국 입국을 금지당했다는 것을 믿기 어려우며, 미국에 방문하면 춤, 노래, 행진 등 평화로운 방법으로 트럼프 정부의 한반도 적대정책을 규탄하고 미국 시민들과 평화에 대한 열망을 나눌 계획이었다"고 밝혔다. “트럼프는 무엇이 두려우냐! 우리는 테러리스트가 아니다. 입국 금지 조치 철회하라!” 라고 이번 사건을 규탄했다. 방탄청년단은 입국 금지 조치를 규탄하고 평화를 염원하는 농성을 미 대사관 앞에서 트럼프의 11월 7일 방한까지 이어갈 계획이다.

우리는 방탄청년단과 연대한다.

자유로운 국경 이동, 발언의 자유, 국제 분쟁의 평화로운 해결을 지향하는 단체와 개인들인 우리는, 미국 행정부의 방탄청년단 입국 금지 조치를 강력히 규탄한다. 그리고 이 조치에 대한 충분한 설명과 즉각 철회를 요구한다. 또한 우리는 트럼프 행정부의 대북 적대 정책에 반대하며, 11월 4일 트럼프의 이번 아시아 및 한국 방문을 항의하며 대규모의 집회를 벌이는 한국의 평화세력를 온전히 지지하고, 제 2의 한국전쟁에 무조건적으로 반대하는 한국, 미국, 전세계의 시민들과 연대할 것이다.

한반도에서의 전쟁을 반대하고 평화를 염원하는 재미한인들 및 시민들

*Endorsed by:*

Endorsing organizations:  (alphabetical order)

About Face
Action One Korea, Los Angeles
Baltimore City Green Party
Brooklyn For Peace
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
Catholic Workers
Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation
CODEPINK
Environmentalists Against War
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, National
International Action Center, New York
International Forum on Globalization, San Francisco
Korean American National Coordinating Council, inc
Korean Peace Alliance, Los Angeles
Nanum Corean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, New York
Peace Action New York State
Peace Action Montgomery
Peace Action, National
Progressive Asian Network for Action, Los Angeles
RootsAction.org
Support committee for Korean prisoners of conscience in US
Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and US militarism in Asia and the Pacific, National
TLtC Justice & Peace Committee
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), National
US Labor Against the War
Veterans For Peace - National
Veterans For Peace - NYC Chapter 034
World Beyond War

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