STATEMENT ON 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF KOREA'S PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE
KOREA’S PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE
ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY
Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition):
Honourable senators, on March 1, 1919, 33 Korean cultural and religious leaders in Seoul read the Declaration of Independence, marking the beginning of a historic and courageous struggle by the Korean people for independence from Japanese colonialism. It was the start of a movement that would eventually see millions of Koreans stand up to their oppressors and fight for freedom.