Kim Il Sung organizes the Down-with-Imperialism Union
During the Japanese imperialist military occupation (1905-1945) of Korea, Kim Il Sung, who had set out on the road of revolutionary struggle to liberate the country, mapped out a scheme to form a vanguard organization to lead the Korean revolution and exerted himself to implement it.
At last, on October 17, 1926, there was the inaugural meeting of the Down-with-Imperialism Union (DIU) in which he delivered a historic report Let Us Overthrow Imperialism.
The mission of the DIU was, as it name indicates, to overthrow imperialism. And its immediate task was to defeat Japanese imperialism and achieve the liberation and independence of Korea, and its final objective was to build socialism and communism in Korea and, further, destroy imperialism everywhere and build communism throughout the world.
The program of the DIU was the revolutionary one to illuminate the avenue for the independent development of the Korean revolution on the basis of arms for the first time in history, and the militant banner to inspire the Korean people to the sacred struggle for national and class emancipation.
The DIU set it as a guideline for action for implementation of its program to make a deep study of the revolutionary idea of the working class and quickly expand the organization among the broad popular masses.
The formation of the DIU was the historic herald of the new start of the Korean revolution and an epoch-making event that brought about a radical turn in carving out the destiny of the Korean people. And it became the starting point for the glorious Workers’ Party of Korea to take root.
The principle of independence put forward by the DIU became the one of the WPK in its construction and activity and the new-generation communists the DIU began to train became the backbone of the WPK.
Under the wise leadership of Kim Il Sung, the DIU, through its brisk activities, trained broad sections of young workers, peasants and students as new-generation revolutionaries, and made a great contribution to laying the mass foundation for the revolution and the development of the overall Korean revolution.