Rally called against military build up in Asia 

War drums are beating louder in Asia. North Korea launched another ballistic missile on November 29. In response, the Japanese government requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council and South Korea conducted a "precision-strike" drill, firing three missiles into the sea off the east coast that was designed to emulate a strike on the North's launch site.

North Korea is responding to US President Donald Trump's threats. Trump told the UN in September he would “totally destroy North Korea if it threatened US sovereignty”. The US is the only nation to have used nuclear weapons against another country. 

In Sydney, a Korean solidarity group, the Sydney Candlelight Alliance, is organising an action against nuclear threats and build up in North Korea and Trump's escalation. The Sydney Candlelight Alliance took over Strathfield's mall in 2016 and 2017 with colourful, candlelight protests to show their solidarity with the South Korean democracy movement.

The Sydney Candlelight Alliance is concerned at the military build up and will hold a No War in Korea Peace Rally in Martin Place on December 8.

Spokesperson Sean Kim said: “The rally is demanding a de-escalation of the threats of war in the Korean Peninsula; that the US and North Korea sign a peace treaty; and that the UN Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty is signed and ratified.”

The Peace Rally is supported by Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association, Independent and Peaceful Australia Network, Sydney Stop the War Coalition, Friends of "Comfort Women" in Sydney, Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, Solidarity Choir, Green Left Weekly, Latin America Social Forum, Pax Christi, Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition and Maritime Union of Australia. 

Look for the rally details on Facebook.

Like the article? Subscribe to Green Left now! You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

If you like our work, become a supporter

Green Left is a vital social-change project and aims to make all content available online, without paywalls. With no corporate sponsors or advertising, we rely on support and donations from readers like you.

For just $5 per month get the Green Left digital edition in your inbox each week. For $10 per month get the above and the print edition delivered to your door. You can also add a donation to your support by choosing the solidarity option of $20 per month.

Freecall now on 1800 634 206 or follow the support link below to make a secure supporter payment or donation online.