Jeju is known for '3 manys'- women, wind, and stone and '3 aren't anys'- no burglars, no beggars, no doors.
The daylight has turned to stars on our first day here. Our peace delegation has had breathtaking magnificent, moving experiences today-- 100 bows in front of the naval base construction site, communal Korean meals, tangerines galore, walks through the village, a meeting with Frontiers- a Korean based international peacemaking team, celebrating mass while doing civil resistance, being carried in a chair to the side of the road many times, singing and dancing in the street, a food market in the city... traditional Korean bean and rice dessert.
|At the construction site entrance (photo by Eunmi, Hosu)|
Father Bix is in good form, despite extra long distance walking yesterday . The community here reacts to him very warmly as communities and individuals do everywhere .
|Bix getting carried away... (photo by Eunmi, Hosu)|
The work to stop the naval base from being built has been ongoing here since 2007. Today, there are several unfinished two story concrete buildings visible behind a new large entrance gate, the coral reef is destroyed, the sacred rock blasted away. The village is adorned with yellow protest flags and beautiful murals promoting peace. At the intersection in the center of the village, a table draped with flags and artwork is manned all day by Father Moon and other activists holding vigil. They have successfully blockaded the construction entrance to the new naval housing building site and from the corner a couple of blocks away, they prevent construction trucks from getting close. Meanwhile construction has started on a new four story Peace Center.. a vision for the future.
|Brother Gilberto bowing to the Peace Center under construction (photo, Mira Leslie)|
Peace and gratitude,