Greenpeace Staff Blocked From Entering Korea, Netizen Reactions

Following the denial of entry of three senior Greenpeace staff to South Korea last week for reasons of protecting “national interest”, democracy debates are cropping up on the internet in line with the current election fever that is gripping the country.

The Greenpeace staff were due to meet both political and non-profit leaders to discuss nuclear issues following the Nuclear Security Summit two weeks ago.

From Daum:

Greenpeace HQ on on entry denial: “Unimaginable in democratic country”

Greenpeace members have been denied entry into South Korea at Incheon International Airport. According to Greepeace, Mario Damato, East Asia Director of Greenpeace and two officials were denied and deported by the Immigration Authority at the Incheon International Airport upon arrival. Only Kumi Naidoo, the International Executive Director of Greenpeace, was allowed entry and able to have discussion with Park Wonsoon, the Mayor of Seoul.

On Twitter (@kuminaidoo) Kumi Naidoo said “Three colleagues and I have been stopped by immigration at Incheon airport in South Korea… Related to Greenpeace’s #nuclear stance I assume”, adding “I’m through, but my colleagues are getting deported without reason. Shocking response to peaceful activism first world democracy”. Later Naidoo said “Korea can’t pretend it’s a player in international climate talks and env. protection while silencing #nuclear criticism”, voicing his criticism against the South Korean government.

Greenpeace Delegation Deported From Korea

The International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo (second from the left) and his colleagues at the Immigration Checkpoint (Photo by Greenpeace Press release)

Three colleagues of Kumi Naidoo was denied entry without any reason and were deported tonight. They wished to convey the message of transitioning to sustainable energy from nuclear power to the South Korean government. This is unimaginable in democratic country. Greenpeace Headquarter (@Greenpeace) and Greenpeace Seoul Office (@greenpeacekorea) also posted on Twitter “The government wanted to silence the voices of anti-nuclear policy”, “This is unimaginable in democratic country.”

Greenpeace Delegation Deported From Korea

When the news broke that they denied entry on the ground that they were classified as “Those harmful to national interest”, Yu Simin, the leader of the Unified Progressive Party (@u_simin) criticised the government decision on Twitter: “Entry denied to the Greenpeace officials, I was supposed to meet them tomorrow… Perhaps they were deported because they were to visit Kangjung? This administration loves national prestige but they treated Greenpeace very poorly!”

Comments from Daum:

가을풀:

Well this is nothing… ^^..BBK, Grand Canal, Illegal Investigation, Corruptions… hohoho Since the Rat MB [Lee Myung-bak] administration came into power, South Korea has not been a democracy~

tokaniya:

Paint a nuclear powerplant green and destroy four rivers by turning them into shoddy canals, we call it the Lee Myungbak Green Growth. 2MB is considered a swindler administration par excellence.

November:

So ashamed~ is this the national prestige… We have been downgraded to the African military dictatorship level… Happy now, MB and Gunae [Park Gun-hye]?

Real Property:

Greenpeace is now the organisation harmful to the national interests?? I had to pledge monthly donation out of shame, and I am broke!!!

고도기며:

The Republic of Korea has been under dictatorship since 2008 [start of Lee Myung-bak presidency].

탐탐:

We are so sorry ㅠㅠ We have a rat for president ㅠㅠ Please try to understand

예인서대디:

There is no answer! The only way to survive is impeachment!

좋은하루:

Hoel… I thought they were talking about North Korea…

대남:

Don’t come here. As soon as Greenpeace sets foot here they will be monitored, put under surveillance and investigated by the National Security Agency. Oh wait, not NSA but by the Prime Minister Office. Sorry nowadays I confuse the North Korean NSA with the South Korean PM’s Office…

월정명:

Impeach [the president] now and let’s go back to democracy.

에레보스

They are hell-bent on international embarrassment…We are really sorry… the Rat [Lee Myung-bak]… is out of his mind…

KJS

South Korea… is not a democracy…It’s an MB state through and through…Who is behind on the civilian surveillance [referring to a recent case of wire-tapping]? We all know it but no one can do anything about it…We are so far behind… Our national politics is 4th, 5th grade at best… until we rid of the Rat…

필라멘트

This is the cold reality of South Korea, 2012. Are they terrorists? Are they harming the national interests?? What have they got to be so afraid of? That they have to denied entry to Greenpeace…?’

Update: Kumi Naidoo published an article in the Huffington Post following the deportation.

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  • Jess

    Greenpeace is still anti-nuclear power? Honestly.

    • Skepticist

      Yeah, I had also imagined the debate had been pretty much over when Japanese reactors proved to be safe even after an earthquake and tsunami. Nothing will convince those chaps, I guess.

      • acorn

        lol good one :D

      • Hawkeye4077

        I don’t support Green Peace, but you are wrong. Safe? Tell that to the Japanese that face going out of business because the mushrooms are no good and think of how that affects the other life. It’s not safe to live in Fukushima and that radiation very well could’ve already reached North America. You people have been lied to and you don’t even care. You take what governments say and swallow it instead of doing your own research.

  • Dr. Dust Cell

    Bunch of eco-terrorists. South Korea is better off without these anarchist tree huggers.

  • Killswitch

    I find it funny when people point to the Japanese situation as evidence they nuclear power is not safe. They plants survived a huge fucking earthquake and tsunami. They might not be in the best shape now but considering what they’ve survived it is pretty damn impressive. Imagine sticking a plant like these, built to the same standard, in the middle of Australia where there are no earthquakes or tsunamis. Should be safe as houses with zero emmisions!

    • acorn

      actually, not to mention that for normal powerplants, if they go boom it’s just Hollywood-scale explosion but if nuke reactors go boom, the area becomes uninhabitable for next 2000 years. Trust me, I lived next to one at MIT and it was not particularly a pleasant idea..

    • Hawkeye4077

      Actually a lot of radiation was leaked and still is. That’s why Fukushima isn’t safe to live in and mushrooms aren’t safe neither. The radiation could or has spread to North America. The Japanese government lied about the severity of the radiation leak. Things are far from over. I don’t support Greenpeace but it’s pretty careless having nuclear power in a land prone to earthquakes.

  • Killswitch

    I find it funny when people point to the Japanese situation as evidence they nuclear power is not safe. They plants survived a huge fucking earthquake and tsunami. They might not be in the best shape now but considering what they’ve survived it is pretty damn impressive. Imagine sticking a plant like these, built to the same standard, in the middle of Australia where there are no earthquakes or tsunamis. Should be safe as houses with zero emmisions!

    • acorn

      well, nuclear power requires AWESOME amount of water just to maintain operational condition (it takes 9-12 months to cool them down if anything goes wrong, fyi – fukushima reactor is still somewhere around the temperature of volcano). That’s why they are built near the coast or huge body of water in the first place, which make them susceptible to all the things that go wrong – hurricane, earthquake, flooding tsunami….

      trust me, if they had a way, they would’ve cool it down with sand they would’ve built it in the middle of desert or siberia

  • Jack

    Hahaha…You have been fooled again…greenpeace is just a propaganda arm of the Rothchilds empire, The Illuminati royal family of europe who runs this world from shadows….its a classic Hegelian dialect

    Greenpeace is as fake as they come…I’m glad korean people kicked them out….

    • You would get on well with that guy who keeps preaching on koreaBANG!

    • acorn

      Greenpeace is a Hegelian dialectic???
      I think I want to support them now…. obviously you need them to end the History

    • Stories of butts

      You lost everyone at Illuminati

  • Killswitch

    Ok the lack of water is a bit of a buggar if you have to cool a nuclear

  • Killswitch

    Using an iPhone is too annoying…I can’t be bothered trying to finishes whatever the hell it is I wanted to say. Maybe next time.

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