As the Families Belong Together rally marched through Boston Common on Saturday, another group of demonstrators gathered nearby to advocate against another family separation issue on the other side of the globe.
The group, calling itself the Peace and Unification Action of Boston, brought about 20 sign-wielding demonstrators to the MBTA’s Park Street Station to urge Bostonians to support US peace talks with North and South Korea.
Keumjoo Lee, 51, whose parents fled North Korea in 1951, led the demonstration and spoke about families separated by the schism between the two Koreas.
“Hundreds of thousands of Korean families have been separated by the division, and they have been suffering and longing for family unification,” Lee said. “But in order for them to reunite with their families, a peace treaty between the US and the two Koreas is crucial.”
Talking into a microphone, Lee spoke positively about the June 12 meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore and urged bystanders to put aside their political biases to support a peace treaty.
“Trump does not have popularity [here] regarding his policies and diplomacy,” Lee said. “However, this is not about whether you like Trump or not. This is about Korean peace.”
Shin Ahn, 51, of Boston joined the demonstration to advocate for reconciliation between the two Koreas and the United States.
Ahn was born and raised in rural South Korea but moved to Boston in 2001 shortly after the World Trade Center attacks, to study theology and become a Methodist pastor.
“Eventually, I’d like to see all this conversation lead to a peace treaty,” he said. “And once peace is established between the two Koreas, it’s not just for the Korean folks, it will be for the global village. It will bring peace to the world.”