|Dermot Hudson and Shaun Pickford|
By New Worker correspondent
COMRADES and friends met in central London on Saturday for a second meeting to commemorate the 71st anniversary of dear leader Kim Jong Il and to celebrate the DPR Korea’s latest outstanding scientific achievements in atomic power.
Kim Jong Il followed in the footsteps of great leader Kim Il Sung to lead Democratic Korea and the Korean revolutionary movement until his last breath in December 2011. So it was fitting that the start of the event, organised by the Juché Idea Study Group and the Association for the Study of Songun Politics, was heralded with the playing of the Song of General Kim Jong Il that is irrevocably linked to the Korean communist leader.
The meeting began with openings on the Juché Idea, along with cultural films and discussion on the philosophy that guides the Workers Party of Korea in the building and defence of the DPRK.
Dermot Hudson, who chaired the meeting, said: “Today 16th February is the 71st anniversary of the birth of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il, the sun of Songun. It is rightfully celebrated as the Day of the Shining Star by the Korean people and the progressive and revolutionary peoples of the entire world.
Today when the Democratic People's Republic of Korea faces unprecedented threats from US and world imperialism it becomes ever more important for Juché idea and Songun idea followers to uphold this occasion. Marking the birth anniversary of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il is an act of positive solidarity with the DPRK in its struggle against US imperialism.
“Today the DPRK is one of the few countries in the world that it is not a member of the IMF, World Bank or World Trade Organisation. It does not have a foreign owned or privately owned central bank. Moreover it does not have any foreign troops stationed on its soil and does not take orders from other countries, as has been demonstrated recently. This is the proud legacy of leader Kim Jong Il and why we uphold his birth anniversary
“We remember the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the anniversary of his birth for manifold and excellent ideological and theoretical achievements as well his role as a great people's leader and constructor of socialism.
“Today the Korean people under the guidance of the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un hold the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il in high esteem as they complete the Juché revolutionary cause. Under Marshal Kim Jong Un the Korean people will advance along the road of independence, Songun and socialism charted by the great leaders comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and win final victory.”
Next Shaun Pickford of the Juché Idea Study Group spoke about the Kim Jong Il’s immense contribution to socialist philosophy. He said that Kim Jong Il’s classic work Abuses of Socialism Are Intolerable that was written soon after the counter-revolutions in the Soviet Union and the people’s democracies of eastern Europe, was a brave work that refuted the slanders of the imperialists and reactionaries against socialism and the socialist idea and exposed the fallacies of revisionism and opportunism.
Despite the intensification of the moves of the imperialists to stifle Korean style socialism the DPRK has held firm. During the period of the "arduous march" in the DPRK not one hospital or school closed down and now it was taking giant steps into the 21st century to build a modern socialist republic.
Many useful suggestions were made to actively expand and develop solidarity with the DPRK, including the need for a more vigorous expose of the south Korean puppet regime and to step up the campaign to free Ro Su Hui, the south Korean peace campaigner jailed for four years by the puppet regime. He was arrested in July 2012 after he returned from a visit to the north. Ro was arrested and detained by the south Korean puppet regime under the so-called "National Security Law" which punishes south Koreans for visiting north Korea or sympathising with it in anyway.
And informal discussion continued over refreshments long after the close of the formal part of the meeting.