The fight of Gangjeong Village against Jeju naval base is known as one of the longest and strongest protests against military bases constructions . The plan was first proposed in 1993 but Jeju citizens ignored about the plan until 10 years later . The base was chosen for its strategic forward location that could provide rapid response to any type of activity in the neighbouring sea shared with China and Japan, along with protecting the vital Korean shipping lanes through which 99% of Korean exports and all oil imports flow. After meeting strong opposition previously in Hwasun Port and Wimi, Jeju Island Governor Kim Tae-hwan pushed forward the project at Gangjeong Village in 2007. The project proceeded as in December 2009, the Governor Kim nullified the ACA (Absolute Conservation Area) designation to the area in order to proceed with the naval base construction. 96% of local people voted against the construction at a voting that took place in 2013 arguing that building the military residences in the village was decided on without the agreement of the residents. There are two main reasons that villagers and their supporters opposed the government's decision. First, the decision was made based on the result of expedient voting held with small number of villagers, and lacked democratic procedure . Moreover, the concerns are over biodiversity, farming, fishery and beautiful landscape of the village. Jeu island recognized by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage Site and Gangjeong village form part of a walking trail (called Olle-gil) developed for tourism. The island was declared protected area by UNESCO Global Geo Park in Oct., 2010  During the protest in 2011, protesters claimed to have suffered verbal and physical harassment from the ROK Navy Ship Salvage Unit. As a villager said in a documentary "This project have destroyed our village in two (pro navy base vs contra navy base) . The local people haven’t been the only protesters. Religions groups, scholars, international environmental activists, and famous intellectuals such as, Noam Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, Walden Bello, David Suzuki, Gloria Steinem and Robert Redford showed their opposition to the military base construction and also denouncing violence against protests. The linguist and philosopher, Noam Chomsky, sent a letter to President, calling for a stand for humanitarian principles and halting the government's plan to use force to drive out the protesters . The specifically denounce police brutality and claims that over 500 people have been arrested . Eventually, the navy base was constructed and officially opened in 26 February 2016 ; over 500 people got arrested while they were protesting against the military base. The international environmental activists: Angie Zelter, Benjamain Monnet and Alpha Newberry were arrested and deported from the country .