|Yu Kwang Song, Andy Brooks and Michael Chant|
by New Worker correspondent
FRIENDS of Korea met last Sunday to celebrate the formation of the Workers Party of Korea at a social meeting at the John Buckle Centre in south London.
The WPK was founded on 10th October 1945 by great leader Kim Il Sung. Since its birth the WPK has led the Korean revolution and socialist construction, performing tremendous feats. Under the guidance of the respected leader Kim Jong Un, the WPK is now leading the drive to build a thriving and impregnable socialist country.
At the meeting the panel, which included New Communist Party leader Andy Brooks, Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), general secretary Michael Chant, Yu Kwang Song from the DPR Korea embassy in London and John Rainsborough from the Korean Friendship Association, all spoke about the role of the WPK in the world communist movement and the significance of the Juché Idea in the modern world.
Comrades joined in the discussion which followed. Then came a cultural interval, provided by Michael Chant and Lesley Larkum, who played Arirang, a folk-song known throughout the Korean peninsula and the national anthem of the DPRK. And, as always, the discussion continued informally during the buffet at the end of the meeting.
The celebration was called by the Co-ordinating Committee of the Friends of Korea, which brings together all the major movements active in Korean friendship and solidarity work in Britain today. It is chaired by Andy Brooks and the secretary is Michael Chant.
The Friends of Korea committee consists of the NCP, RCPB(ML), the Socialist Labour Party, the European Regional Society for the Study of the Juché Idea and the UK Korean Friendship Association. The committee organises meetings throughout the year, which are publicised by the supporting movements and on the Friends of Korea blog.