Article from Daum:
Artist Arrested for Distributing “Satirical President Park” Pop Art Leaflets
Near Gwanghwamun Square, pop artist Lee Ha (real name Lee Byung-ha, 46) was arrested for distributing leaflets satirizing President Park Geun-hye.
According to the Jongro Police Station in Seoul, on October 20 around noon, Mr. Lee stood on the rooftop of the Donghwa duty free store building and scattered 4500 leaflets satirizing President Park.
On the leaflets was a caricature of President Park, dressed like the female lead from the movie “Welcome to Dongmakgol,” with a floral shirt, and a flower in her hair. At the top of the picture are the words “WANTED,” and below, “MAD GOVERNMENT.”
A representative from the police department explained the reason for the artist’s arrest, saying “Mr. Lee was not booked for distributing flyers, but rather for entering a building illegally.”
Last year, leading up to the presidential elections, Artist Lee satirized then candidate Park as Snow White, and was indicted for creating and putting up these posters. In a jury trial, he was acquitted of charges.
Comments from Daum:
This is the best piece this year that I sympathize with.
He drew a chicken in the form of a person! He made a mistake alright.
A representative from the police department explained the reason for the artist’s arrest, saying Mr. Lee was not booked for distributing flyers, but rather for entering a building illegally.”
What do you expect from the government that is more pathetic than an elementary schooler?
Government: There are no grounds or regulations for forcefully restricting the dissemination of flyers to North Korea…
But then what about this case?
I guess they were still embarrassed, seeing as they used the excuse that the artist illegally entered the building…
When those in power can freely be criticized, we call the country a democracy.
How can you speak of trust and hope to the younger generation while we are neglecting the chicken government trampling the people’s spirits?
Currently, the target of insults is not the president, but Korea’s democracy and people.
How are we supposed to end the root of evil when the Blue House who should be leading the corruption eradication efforts is acting like that?
For their continuing corruption, I’d like to call the Blue House a “Hall of Corruption.”
Putting a flower in your hair is the mark of a crazy woman….the artist is smart!
Nowadays, it seems you need permission to enter duty free shops?
Was it your building? If the building owner lets it go, then the artist is innocent.
This is nothing more than a dictatorship period.