|2003.11.05 22:21||2003.11.05 22:21 | Eco-system Conservation|
On November 5, 2003 Monk Jiyul's fasting campaign against the high speed train construction plan passing through Cheonsung Mt. reached 33days. This spring she completed a 38-day hunger strike and got a promise from President Rho Moo Hyun to stop the high speed train construction plan passing through Cheonsung Mt. and to rethink alternative routes. But President Rho broke his promise and is threatening to drive her to her death.
Monk Jiyul's 33-day hunger strike to stop the high-speed railroad passing through Cheonsung Mt.
Monk Jiyul is a Buddhist nun of Naewon Temple in Cheonsung Mt., which has a 1,500-year history. Last year, Candidate Roh suggested the "cleaning away” of the high-speed railroad construction plan through Cheonsung Mt. as his public pledge. However, after he became President this issue was ignored. Even if it was needed, there is no reason to destroy national land or property in this gorgeous area. Furthermore, it would only reduce the travel time by between 20 and 30 minutes. Cheonsung Mt. is too precious to destroy with the spirit which animates and controls the universe.
▲ Monk Jiyul's huger strike
The necessity of the high speed rail plan was presented in the early 1980s, but the plan began to established in the late 1980s. The sixth republic government chose cheaper and faster ways to construct the high speed rail without public hearings. The high speed rail needs flat rail so many new construction areas are more environmentally sensitive. Also, erosion and reclamation can cause exposure to danger during the construction period by threatening the quality of water purification and subterranean water pollution.
There is no basic rationality for the construction of the high speed rail. This construction will destroy basic goods. Although we tried several times for negotiations toward a solution, they still continue construction on this land, and we cannot pass it over in silence. We will struggle and prevent high speed rail construction as best we can.
2. The Korean government must give up the plan of passing through Cheonsung Mt. make an alternative route.
3. The Korean government must reconsider all sides of the high speed rail construction in order to determine the right use and integrity of national land.
▲ Cuckoo, protected species designated by Ministry of environment
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