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Welcoming the 105th International Women’s Day on March 8, people in Gangjeong made a small but hilarious event to celebrate women, men, and all the lives. It was just the next day of the 1 year anniversary of the Gureombi Rock-blasting. The March 8 event that went long about 1 hour started with a masquerade around 12 pm, with some men masked as women. Arriving at the naval base project committee building complex, people made a human chain, took Gangjeong addictive dances and made a performance to deliver the messages of the Gureombi Rock and lives there by putting small text color papers on the fence, such as “Please let us live,” “We don’t like cement,” “Please let red-feet crabs live etc.” When the police finally arrived to make the trucks enter and exit out of the gates, people told them, “We celebrate you on the International Women’s Day.’ Some villagers could not stand such forceful and illegal construction and protested to the police. After a storm went, people put the timbers of barricade back in front of the gates. The all day struggle will never end. However, it was such a hilarious day when all the people in Gagjeong celebrated and thanked the International Women’s Day. For reference, In Korea, the International Women’s Day could not be officially celebrated under the Rhee Syngman, Park Chunghee, and Chun Doohwan dictatorship governments. It was only 1985 that it could be, thanks to people’s democracy movements.
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