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Citizens’ Rally and Walk to Save the Daughter of Tongyeong on December 10

December 2, 2011

On Saturday, December 10* in Seoul join South Korean citizens who have been walking 680km to rescue the Daughter of Tongyeong and her two daughters from imprisonment in North Korea for over 20 years.


   • Elec-Cookie
   • Traditional Martial Arts Performance
   • Modern Dance Performance
   • NB Crew (B-Boy group)

   • A Song for Abductees – sung by singer Lee Kwang Pil
   • Answer (North Korean Song Troupe)
   • Ha-Ha-Ho-Ho (Brass Ensemble)

Ongoing during the day

   • Forget-me-not face-painting
   • North Korean Human Rights Photo Exhibition
   • 1-million postcard petition campaign (sign online)


Saturday, December 10, 2011

11:30am–1pm – Performances

1-3pm – Main Event
   • Cultural performances, speeches, etc.
   • Video about the Daughter of Tongyeong
   • Releasing balloons of hope
   • Culminates in a walk (approx. 2.5 km) on behalf of the Daughter of Tongyeong from Gwanghwamun to Independence Park, which is next to Dongnimmun Station on line 3

See our Facebook page for info on other events at Suwon, Anyang, and COEX in the days before the 10th and at the DMZ on the 11th.


Cheong-gye Plaza, Seoul (at the start of the Cheong-gye Stream in Gwanghwamun)
Gwanghwamun Station, exit 5 – walk straight from the exit about 100m, then the plaza will be on your left


There won’t be English translation at the event, but please come and enjoy the performances and show your support by walking a few kilometers with those who’ve been walking 1700 ri (680km) – from Tongyeong on the south coast to Imjingak along the DMZ – to raise awareness about Shin Suk Ja, the Daughter of Tongyeong. We encourage people of all nationalities to come and participate — human rights concerns us all!

This event is being organized by a coalition of many organizations including NKnet.

Who is the Daughter of Tongyeong?

Fighting to Right His Wrongs
Daily NK

More about the Tongyeong Trek

Cross-country trek to free NK detainee nears Seoul
Korea Times

Trek for Tongyeong, Day 3
Daily NK

Nothing Compared to Their Suffering
Daily NK

“I was involved in the student movement as a leftist Juche ideology supporter in 1987, the time when Shin Suk Ja and her daughters first went to a political prison camp. I sided with the people who were giving them that pain.

So, because of that debt I owe to them I planned this trek. As a citizen just like Shin Suk Ja and her daughters, and also as a human being, I wanted to share in their pain.”

– Choi Hong Jae, leader of the Tongyeong Trek

Korean info at:

*December 10, 2011, is the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sadly, only a few months separates its adoption and the official founding of the DPRK.

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