Against Special Sewol Law, Ilbe Stages “Food Binge” Strike

Article from Oh My News:

They’re Ilbe So You’re Not Suprised? Don’t Let It Go Further.

Members of the right-wing blog, Ilbe, stage their

Members of right-wing blog, Ilbe, stage their “Food Binge” strike in front of bereaved families.

Everyone looked normal. One participant looked like a high school student. They stood in front of the bereaved families of the Sewol tragedy, who were staging a hunger strike and demanding a special law, to mock them. Shockingly, Ilbe members were eating kimbap, pizza, and fried chicken in front of people who were on a hunger strike.

On the afternoon of September 6th, the first day of the Chuseok holiday, approximately 100 Ilbe members and university students appeared in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul. To the bereaved families, it was the first major holiday since the Sewol tragedy. They must have been in even more grief than usual. However, Ilbe members did not care about this, and staged their own “bood binge” strike.

Am I overreacting? I couldn’t erase the image of these Ilbe members during the whole Chuseok holiday, of them eating so much chicken. In this image I saw Korea sinking [into the sea.] More than anything else, they made me feel ashamed. Why were they doing this? Have they thought about who they tried to make fun of?

A strike disguised as “patriotism” and for the “public good.”

People like you and I have lost their beloved children. They treated their sons and daughters as themselves and saw them drown in front of their eyes. They were only able to watch, stamping their feet as they painfully saw their [children] become lost. Who could remain calm in this situation?

In front of them, President Park and the government said firmly that the Sewol tragedy was “a traffic accident.” I would like to ask them, what kind of “accident” takes the lives of 300 people? This is such an absurd and unfair death. Isn’t it natural for the bereaved to ask the government to reveal the truth in detail?

However, Ilbe members were different. For them, to eat and to live seemed to be more important than the truth of the Sewol tragedy. Ilbe members were the ones who complained that the Sewol tragedy was dragging down the economy. There was also a message [on Ilbe] saying that the Gwanghwamun Square should be returned to citizens. Ilbe’s food binge strike was disguised as patriotism and for the public good.

Of course, to eat and to live does matter. Without patriotism and things benefiting the public, the government’s community spirit disappears. However, there is a pretext of humanity. For whom is “to eat and to live” if there are no people? What is patriotism and public good if it means stepping on the weak who are shedding their tears?

One article, titled “Ilbe’s food binge strike-immorality and barbarism- and the increasing silence of conservatives,” by Professor Jin-wook Shin from Joongang University, came to the conclusion that Ilbe members acted as if they were conservative leaders. It sounds reasonable since they appeared offline even in the face of all the severe threats made by their opponents. Yet it is suspicious that they are politically mature enough to regard themselves as conservative leaders.

If we neglect to give attention to Ilbe, its members more actively seek recognition.

People are eating pizzas distributed by Ilbe members.

People are eating pizzas distributed by Ilbe members.

There is an appealing analysis in this article which approached the Ilbe strike from a psychological perspective. Professor of Mental Health, Jun-won Hwang from Gangwon University noted that the Ilbe strike showed their tendency to enjoy both positive and negative attention from the public. It is a distorted need for recognition.

If this analysis is correct, all the severe criticism of Ilbe will only satisfy its own purpose for the strike. Ilbe members who joined the strike are likely to consider themselves a noble and ethical sacrifice.

If this is so, we should completely ignore Ilbe in order to incapacitate it. This is a widely understood method of “how to kill Ilbe bugs” to people who are afraid of Ilbe’s influence. So, is the Ilbe problem solved?

No, it isn’t. The more it is ignored, the worse Ilbe action will get. Keep in mind some key words from the analysis; “leader” and “acceptance.” According to the article, receiving attention from others is of importance to Ilbe members. It doesn’t matter whether it is positive or negative. The point is, Ilbe members would do anything to get any kind of attention at all.

A performance that gets to the core of the issue is thrilling. However, would Ilbe bugs, a humiliating term used to describe Ilbe members, get it? Honestly, I’m worried about them coming back with another vicious and shocking performance for the Sewol families. So, what should we do?

Why is it a shame even though we’re trying to punish Ilbe members for contempt.

There should be way to stop inconsiderate actions by Ilbe bugs. It is to punish them for slander, which is similar to libel (trying to ruin a person’s reputation.) The difference between them is whether or not there is some fact presented. In the case of libel, the facts are important. However, with slander, it is not done to make others aware of some fact, but is done only to show contempt.

I’m not an expert in law, but Ilbe’s strike seems to have all the elements to establish a case of slander. “Slander” means someone speaking “publicly”* in contempt of another. The word “publicly” here means the statements that anyone could become aware of. So people who are watching their performance should understand their behavior as an act of slander.

The fact that I, just a random person, felt offended by watching Ilbe’s food binge strike shows circumstantial evidence of the contempt that I explained above. The sense of outrage by the bereaved should be much deeper than what I felt. The food binge strike satisfies the conditions needed for slander. Doing their strike in front of the bereaved gives enough proof that the act was intentional.

It is said that the Sewol Tragedy Council prepared a table in advance for Ilbe members who announced their strike. The committee wanted them to realize what they were really doing while they ate at the tables. We should admire their generosity toward Ilbe members, but we should be more strict in demanding legal responsibility. Ilbe’s immoral provocation wont end if we act with such tolerance.

According to the Constitution, in article 311, the punishment for slander is less than 1 year in prison or a fine not exceeding 2 million won. About 100 people, including Ilbe members and university students from the Youth Liberty Union, took part in the food binge strike this time.

If they were prosecuted and found guilty of slander, they woul have to pay a fine. Since they have been worried about the financial state of Korea, they probably couldn’t be happier to help out. It’s sad to see that the only effective medicine against Ilbe bugs is legal action.

Comments from Nate:


Ilbe members really look like Ilbe, ke ke.


Doing those things doesn’t make them embarrassed?


There is a saying that we should hit Ilbe jerks once every three days, hee hee.


Was it an Ilbe meeting? They all looked ugly with pimples and glasses so I thought it was the “Glasses, Pimples, and Pigs” club having some chicken and pizza. I’m sorry you got mistaken for Ilbe members, haha.


Korea is a democratic country and even Ilbe have free will. Also, it is within one’s rights to display one’s free will so long as it does no harm to others. That said, is there anyone who can say, “I’m an Ilbe member,” to his relatives and colleagues? If not, you know it yourself, and if you do, please shut up.


Bastards. They’re expressing themselves in their articles. It’s they who press the “disagree” button and make comments. Damn bugs. They probably love being cursed at. You guys are just the useless trash of society, ugh.


Even his face is so Ilbe-like. Horrible physical appearance and horrible acts as well. Such disgusting trash, tsk tsk.


Ilbe bugs think they are attacked because they are conservative. To explain the reason to them is as useless as knocking at a deaf man´s door.


To rational Ilbe members. I have a question. Why does every single argument from Ilbe turn out to be a lie? This happens, always, every time. Can you say you’re the rational ones? ke ke. You said Yoon-taek Im [a Korean singer who passed away from cancer] didn’t have cancer, but he died from it. Not to accept your mistake, you guys talked crap about his wife. So gross! Besides, you insisted the president wouldn’t implement Four Rivers Project – but now what? During the election period, you also asserted that there were no part -timers hired by the governemnt writing comments. But then we found out that not only part-timers but even army was put to work manipulating people. ke ke. I’ve just mentioned 3 big things that prove your absurdity. I have a question for you. You know you keep lying, and it was revealed that you were controlled by the Saenuri party. Whatever happened, do you live a life forgetting your past, not thinking about anything? How many times have you been deceived? Is there no learning effect? Which part of your writing is rational? Do you have brains? It is so fun whenever I see you. It is so fun of you to be controlled that easily. If I can borrow your words, LOL, stupid Ilbe bugs!


Wow, he really looks like an Ilbe. Idiots, keep doing Ilbe. After watching the video, I understand why you act like idiots.


The journalist who wrote this article said he isn’t an expert in a law. Yes I agree. Whoever wants to can use a plaza for its meeting, if that person registers in advance. Of course, Ilbe members eating all that food in front of the bereaved families make me think of what and why they are doing this. But in this article you mentioned contempt and some phrases regarding Ilbe members as offenders. You should think about this more. This article includes enough clues that you might be sued back..


Who is worse? A person who ate food in Gwanghwamun, or a group of people who asked him who his parents were? From when has it been banned to eat food in Gwanghwamun?


Korea is a country where you are cursed at for eating food in a public square.


The journalist is too one-sided.


ke ke, when a woman passing by Gwanghwamun Square with her coffee, one of the people of the bereaved families said he would cut her legs into pieces. He is a man of justice, right?

Article from Hankook Ilbo:

Eating, Throwing Around Chocolate Bars – Why We Are Worried About Ilbe Taking to the Streets.

Ilbe members are distributing chocolate bars to people asserting that the bereaved staged their hunger strike with chocolate bars.

Ilbe members are distributing chocolate bars to people asserting that the bereaved staged their hunger strike with chocolate bars.

On September 13th, in front of the statue of King Sejong at Gwanghwamun Square. About 300 people, including members of Ilbe and other conservative groups, distributed chocolate bars to the public, asserting that the bereaved “fasted” while eating chocolate bars and they cheated all the people in Korea. People were shocked to see them, making statements like, “Are they mad? How can they do that only a few meters away from the bereaved?” or, “That is so immature.” Some Ilbe members acted boldly and didn’t hide, even when the press was recording them.

Ilbe members who used to be active only online are now revealing themselves offline. They have uploaded some videos showing off themselves. One was about hitting an Elementary student on the head and running away. [The student was targeted] he was watching ‘Humor Today’, and assumed he was a member of the progressive online community. Or another about ripping posters that criticized government policies. These are recorded and uploaded onto Ilbe’s site, but there had been no group events like the one recently. This event was in Gwanghwamun Square on September 6th, when their “food binge strike” was set up to mock the families of the Sewol tragedy.

Ilbe members has caused many problems online due to irrational articles that attack the homeless, weak,those from the Honam region, women, and label anyone criticizing current policies as jongpuk. These kinds of Ilbe members are showing signs of having evolved into extreme conservatives offline, calling each other “heng-gey”[a slang word that simply means, “active,” presumably on the Ilbe site]. One Ilbe member posted an article saying, “We haven’t been as active as progressives, but I’m impressed that we can show off our Ilbe collective power from now on.”

Experts have analysed that some conservatives hold primary responsibility of causing Ilbe members to frame the Sewol tragedy the wrong way. “As Ilbe members politicize the demands of the bereaved, they go along with the conservative stance of minimizing the government’s role in the tragedy. Ilbe members taken this and come out to mock the bereaved families, victims of the Sewol tragedy. Conservative press and politicians should take a huge responsibility for creating this atmosphere,” said Professor Won-jae Lee, of KAIST’s School of Culture Technology.

Comments from Daum :


Cockroaches are creeping up the farm.

응답하라 1994님:

Ilbe members regard themselves as the hope of Korea. Let’s step on these insane people with our warm attention.


This worries me. These base people, lacking any sense of morality laugh at the weak in the [Gwanghwamun] square. Conservative press and political force encourage their behavior. They’re trash..


Get their foreheads tattooed with an Ilbe mark.

린나공주의 집님:

Say something to Abe who spews bullshit about their neighbor!


How much crazier can people be? Let’s be honest. There are evil people who give Ilbe members financial support.


Otaku might be better than you guys..


And the regime is just like those Ilbe bugs. The government won’t listen no matter how many times people ask to shut down Ilbe.. fuck!


Why do they live such lives? Losers.


If we leave them alone, even normal people will get contaminated and they will infect others. We should prepare some measure to keep those things from inhabiting our land.


Losers who gave up on being human.

찌라시는 김무성님:

Why didn’t they say they would give people some pocket money as well? Or the unemployed could come out to eat chicken.


Are there any hackers who can reveal who they are? I’m wondering whether their parents are also Ilbe bugs or not. That kind of environment would have some major effects.


On Saturday passing Gwanghwamun, I was sad, so, so sad.


Ilbe members are immoral ones so even though they know the truth, they will deny it till the end. I’m sometimes astonished by their bold attitude without questioning anything about how the world goes around. They act as if they know all the wisdom in the world. It seems like they say the world will fail if we don’t listen to them. I’m sure the day when the sword of justice will severely punish them will come soon.

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  • Truck Furniture Maker

    Yes, let’s mock people who are trying to prevent future deaths through reform. I sure hope if there is no meaningful change these idiots are the ones in the next “accident”.

    • 금정산

      You are mistaken if you believe these hunger strikes are to prevent similar tragedies. There has been enough investigation to determine causes of the accident and those responsible will be punished to a suitable standard of justice (because the case is such high-profile). These hunger striking protesters are seeking vengeance, not justice or prevention.

      Many innocent people lost their lives on the Sewol. Don’t speak of their deaths as if it’s deserved by anyone. It’s not warranted… There are better ways to show disgust.

      • Chucky3176

        When they demand that the government bring back the lives of the children, and that they will protest until they do, then it’s going beyond unreasonable. I also want to add, not all family members are in this protest group. Most are not.

  • HaydenG

    What do the hunger strikers want? A boat capsized. And their kids stayed onboard because of Koreas backwards culture that drills into kids that even if faced with imminent danger they should listen to superiors.

    This is a private matter between the families the ferry company and the Korean court system. Korea has an independent judiciary so they have no right to demand anything of the government. Especially not money or something.

    I mean seriously what truth are those morons expecting to uncover? President Park sank the ship? I want to have some understanding for the families of the children but at this point I see no other reason for them to be doing this except trying to exploit the deaths of their children for political points or money.

    • Chucky3176

      “What do the hunger strikers want?”

      They want to appoint their own investigation team members to investigate the Sewol case, and they want to be the ones to judge and prosecute, then hand out sentences for punishment. They want the people’s court made up by the family members of the dead and those that the families would recommend. They don’t want government officials, judges, coast guards, police, government investigators, nor any part of the current Korean establishment to be involved in the case whatsoever, because the families say they cannot trust them.

      I can understand that they have a very low confidence that the government can do the job properly in meting out the punishment, but frankly speaking, if we give all the prosecution and court powers to the murder victim’s families, instead of letting the police and the judges to handle murder cases, what kind of country we’re going to be ending up with?

      Because of this issue, the National Assembly has been shut down since the accident, as the opposition party members walked out in protest and in support of the family members. As there are no laws being debated and passed on the assembly floors, the government has come to a stand still since March – with all other national issues being put back until the Sewol is resolved. Since then, there have been three agreements between the ruling party and the opposition party regarding how they’re going to investigate the Sewol accident. But all three times, the family members have rejected the agreements, so it’s everything’s back to where it was in March.

      Regarding the Ilbe trolls eating like pigs at the site, it’s a pretty stupid act. But we also have to understand that they reflect certain parts of the society who are getting fed up with inflexible attitude of the families. Lot of Koreans getting fed up pressing national issues being put back because of this Sewol issue, and want the Sewol investigations to start, and the reforms to begin.

    • Small twon

      It’s obvious you never lost anybody important to yourself (or lack of empathy). No matter what you think of their motive…. Will you have a party in front of parents who just lost their children ?

      • HaydenG

        I never said anything about that.

  • wrle

    there is a difference between conservative and retarded. Binge eating pizza in front of bereved families? simply retarded.

    • Chucky3176

      The hunger strikes are a noble cause to work for reforms, but they’re being misguided.

      I know the Korean judges and prosecutors suck bad time, but what’s the point of having them, if everyone is allowed to take the law and punishment into their own hands?

      The government just announced they’ve arrested 399 people in the ferry company, the family members that owned the ferry company, those involved in the shipping industry, and the negligent crew of the ferry are having their own separate trial. But nobody is paying attention to them.

      The hunger strikers put the most blame on the government officials and the coast guards who are accused of botching up the rescue, as well as the President for allegedly having gone missing for several hours after the accident and mishandling the rescue effort.

  • guest

    And more irrational Ilbe hate. I swear, it is absolutely bewildering to see the comments posted, much less the articles written by supposed “professionals”. Are these people really so thin-skinned that the existence of a site with people with contrary opinions frightens them this much?

    I wont say it is not prevalent in the west, as there are an over-abundance of people who can’t deal with the fact that not everybody shares your damn opinion, that there are people who have a sense of humor and that can take or make a joke, or that there are people whose words aren’t literally composed of sunshine and butterflies, but damn, Korea really seems to take the cake here.

    People actually want this site shut down, the family and identities of the posters exposed, actual physical violence meted out to the llbe users. And again, I ask for what. Just take this current case. While eating right in front of the people who are hunger-striking might appear to be at the very least slightly bad-mannered, they have every right to do so.

    In fact, from the admittedly limited amount of information I have gathered from Koreabang(and again, I want to stress it is rater limited) and chucky(I suppose I will have to add this to the list of very few points I agree with him on), the families of the students are acting absolutely absurd.

    Yes, it is a tragedy about what happended, but the amount of special treatment and demands that they are insisting upon is just ridiculous. For lack of a better way to express it, they need to figure out the fact that the entire country does not revolve around them, and that they need to accept the results of whatever investigative committee is formed.

    • Small twon

      You don’t know what kind of beings ( I can’t bring myself say “people”) are on the ILBE. Do you ? Go see for yourself. I wish they are self hating haters,racist , bigot and losers but it would be grave insult to haters,racist , bigot and losers

      • Chucky3176

        Ilbe are hardcore conservatives and they make fun of Korea’s liberalism. Some of them can get down right nasty with their humor and sarcasm. Yes, lot of trolls there, just like any other sites. Having said that, I also read Daum, and they are even worse when it comes to racism and bigotry. I say far far worse. It’s Ilbe users who make fun of this hypocrisy, and the hypocrisy of Korea’s left of the center political parties. The Korea’s left is far more intolerant of other opinion, and they’re the ones who tend to be the 국뽕 types. In the West, it’s usually the Left wing who are more tolerant of other’s views, and who are against racism. This is not so in Korea. If Daum or any of their supporters don’t like Ilbe, then don’t read. But to demand that they be exposed, shut down, and prosecuted is just plain intolerance. I just don’t understand why Ilbe gets singled out all the time, other then intolerance of their right of center views.

        • Small twon

          So having a pizza party in front of parents who just lost their children is ok because Daum is worst ? and you don’t get why Ilbe is singled out … .fascinating.

          • Chucky3176

            I didn’t say that, did I? They are attention seekers because of all the diatrabes against them. It’s their way of saying “fuck you”.

          • Small twon

            Oh.. my pizza party in front of grieving parents is their way of saying “fuck you” to “other guys”.. so it’s ok ?

          • Chucky3176

            Why do you keep accusing me of saying it’s OK? I never said that.

          • Small twon

            In that case , pizza party is not ok.. but people who organize that (Ilbe) is ok ? You do know that’s not logical thinking…

          • Chucky3176

            Why is organizing Ilbe, or any other websites, be not OK?
            Everyone should have the freedom to organize any website and everyone should have the freedom to join and participate in a website, as long as they are no calling for violence against another group of people.

          • Small twon

            What I was trying to say was ” In that case , pizza party is not ok.. but people(Ilbe) who organize a pizza party in front of grieving parents is ok ? You do know that’s not logical thinking…”

          • Chucky3176

            I don’t know what you’re saying here. Nowhere do I say anywhere, having a pizza party in front of the grieving parents is OK. They are trolls.

            All I say is that, beyond Ilbe issue, there are growing number of people in South Korea want these grieving parents to stop grieving and start going on with their lives, accept that they can’t be judge, jurors, and investigators, and let the investigations to begin so that the country can move on with reforms. Lot of people frustrated that these grieving parents are being unreasonable. It was OK and understandable in the beginning, but now it’s getting to be a full year and they’re still protesting for unreasonable demands. And a quite a number of Ilbe users are making fun of the fact that, lot of vultures flying around, smacking their lips, trying to use this accident to further their own political careers.

          • Small twon

            Now you are dodging and sidetracking..sigh.. I didn’t ask your political ideas…by the way I am impressed by your fast typewriting .ps. I have some suspicion about who you are but it’s just hunch and let’s call it a day.

          • Chucky3176

            I answered all your questions. But if you want to call it a day, then fine.

          • 금정산

            You are putting words into Chucky’s mouth. That’s a strawman argument.

        • KCdude

          Gosh, you must be really butthurt when it comes to South Korean politics. Koreans are very extremists when it comes to their domestic politics. Koreans are still stuck in the old 19th century “left wing vs. right wing” mentality and they would only think within this scope. Talk about “a tiny frog inside a deep well”, right?

          And South Korea is no different from backward African countries like Burkina Faso or Mali if you really look at the big picture.

          No wonder why Koreans are so naive politics-wise and you, Chuck-monsieur, is a prime example of it.

          Why not admiring the advanced politics among most British Commonwealth countries, Chucky? It’s so much better than worrying about South Korea’s politics, which is +100 years behind the rest of the world.

          And aren’t Koreans the masters of following better examples? Why can’t it be the same for politics? It just makes me think that South Korea (with the capital in Seoul) is another Communist country exactly like the ex-USSR.

    • 금정산

      1. People aren’t frightened by the opposing opinions of Ilbe users. Alike this counter protest, Ilbe is offensive and belligerent. This counter protest is a good example of the immature and intolerant Ilbe mentality. You will find there are conservatives who want Ilbe shut down for these reasons. Ilbe is slanderous, vile and I think the Ilbe hate is founded, not irrational.

      2. You only see the counter protest as “at very least slightly bad-mannered”?! It’s extremely rude and deliberately disrespectful.

      Consider this. The counter protest is directed at those who lost loved-ones. Yes, the hunger strikers are using this as manipulation, but this means the action of the counter protests does not only affect the hunger strikers. By extension it is offensive to all friends and families who lost loved ones and any individual who empathises with them. This is what I mean about Ilbe being intolerant and insensitive. This counter protest is detestable to the greater public.

  • 금정산

    This is really bad taste, by both the hunger striking protesters and the counter protesters.

    Hunger strikes are emotional manipulation, used to make others feel guilty. At this time since the tragedy, they will achieve nothing except disturbance and only make people more angry. The counter protesters are extremely rude and disrespectful. Their offensive behaviour inevitably causes offense to those directly and indirectly affected by the Sewol tragedy.

    The problem with protests is they are one-sided forms of communication. Both sides are attention seekers using immature tactics for their self-interests. You can’t have a reasonable discussion with these people.

  • Chucky3176

    Here’s an Ilbe thread on “Missy USA” – Korean American organization operating out of the US, who have been financing the NY Times ad, blasting the Korean government and blaming it as the main cause of the accident. The picture of the woman is Linda Lee, founder of Missy USA, who is waging an anti-government effort from the US. Her political activities from the US, involved demanding the the president to step down, dissolving of the National Intelligence Agency (Equivalent of CIA in the US), and supported the left wing labor party which had convicted leaders and members who were working for North Korea.

    The users at Ilbe are laughing at her and ridiculing her effort. I might add, Ms Linda Lee also belong to the same organization with close ties to the opposition Democratic party. She campaigned and protested for the cancelation of the election result when Park Geun Hye was elected as the president in 2012. And since then, she’s been opposed to just about every policies that the government has put out, including the demands that the US military stop training in South Korea, and get out of Korea. Here’s someone who just can’t wait accept the Korean election results, and can’t wait every 5 years to have the opportunity to vote out the party she doesn’t like.

    So what does all this have to do with Sewol then? Clearly this woman, the organization she founded, and others who are protesting the Sewol, don’t give a shit about the family members of the dead children. They’re just using this opportunity as a political tool. All they care about is using this opportunity to blast the government so that they can get in power.

  • commander

    Oblivious to legitimate call from bereaved famiies for prompt recovery of bodies of still missing victims, and impartial investigation into grave blunders in critically important inital period of recusing efforts, Ilbe has shown their true colors by staging completely preposterous campaign, in a blatant move giving a huge humiliation to hunger strikers.

    My assessment is that they take absurdity to a new level. What a farce!!

    • Chucky3176

      What is really the farce is that instead of blaming the shipping company, it’s owners, the ship’s crew, the shipping industry that colluded with each other, most of their blame is on the government. Two divers died, trying to recover those bodies, and they did 150% effort to recover all the bodies with divers diving for days, weeks, and months, yet they’re still claiming that it’s the government’s fault for not recovering all the bodies? Absolute ludicrous demands and logic.

      • commander

        Come on Chucky, you mistake the point.
        The government failed to conduct an expeditious rescue operation and send first responders of the coastguards to the scene promptly after receiving a distress call. That kind of prompt action would have saved more lives. That’s why bereaved families feel angry.

        In addition, the government has not maintained adequate oversight of shipping vessels in safety and other necessary regulatioins, the grave loophole of which the owner of the sunken Sewol ferry has taken advantage, wontly modifying the Sewol ferry’s structure to hold more cargo at the expense of the ship’s safety, which led to the sinking leaving more than 300 people dead and still missing.

        I am not saying that the incumbent president take all responsibility for this incident.

        The Sewol ferry incidnet exposed problems with Korea’s preoccupation with speed at which things are taken care of as soon as possilbe.

        The maritime disaster should be a lesson that teaches all of us about the importance of compliance with proper procedures and of eliminating complacency of bloated bureaucry where responsibility for work are continuously shifted to other government agencies saying this doesn’t fall under theri purview.

        • Chucky3176

          Hey I’m not saying the government is not responsible at all. But anger against them shouldn’t be going on for 7 months. Let’s get the investigation going and let the punishments to be meted out, and get the reforms in the shipping industry and transportation industries going. What purpose is there for this protest, other then being angry at the government? They’re not protesting for constructive solutions to the accident. If they were, it would be different. But look at their demands. Those aren’t reasonable. The time for being angry is over, where are the constructive solutions? They’re going to protest forever until Park steps down or until the next election, or whichever comes first?

          • commander

            The bereaved families from the Sewol ferry incident suspect that the investigation, if not implemented by what they see as impartial special prosecutors anointed by a committee where they have casting votes, will not prosecute those responsible for the innocent more than 300 deaths.

            Their demand may sound reasonable because they believe that they are repeatedly misinformed of progess of rescuing operation right after the ferry began to sink. The government said that the effective salvaing efforts are underway thus the victims families rest assured that your children would come back safe.

            But, as we all know, the government ressurance proved to be not true. This reinforce the suspicison of the bereaved families that a parliment-approved invesigation will not lay bare all ugly truths behind the sunken Sewol ferry.
            Second, at the court trials of the Sewol captain and crew members who showed their nimbleness in abandoing the sinking ship while leaving behind the passengers on borad, a coastguard official, accused of concealing their tardy response to the distress call from the Sewol ferry, admitted to paper over their blunders in making a rapid response to avert any legal liability for their slow emergency response.

            The admission also intensify the doubt of the bereave families that, without investigation unprecedened in its intensity and scope, similar cover-ups could occur in a probe into the maritime disaster.

            Having said that, you may suspect that protesters by the victims families are politically motivated, and claim that they trust the government’s pledge to make a thorough investigation.

            But, for the bereaved families whose only wish for children who passed away helplessly is to reveal what is resonsible for their deaths and make sure it won’t happen again, the demand that the bereaved families sit back and just watch an avowed thorough investigation may be far-fetched. we are not living in an era of mutual credibility, but in an era of mutual suspicion.

          • Chucky3176

            Then get rid of the prosecution office, the judges, the coast guards, police, the government, the president, and run the country by people’s proletariat committee. Good lord. There is no prescedent anywhere in the world where the victims of crimes become the judge, jury, prosecution, and investigation. And how do we know this “committee” are also going to be unbiased? Let’s just get rid of the establishment and run the country by the mob and forget about the rule of law. Everyone just take justice into their own hands.

          • commander

            It is hard to imagine the depth in pain and sorrow for loss of their beloved children.

            My understanding is that protesting bereaved families appear to believe that a special committee as composed by their wishes, can lay bare all ugly truths which a committee as proposed by the ruling Saenuri Party can’t not.

            Since special prosecution itself is created due to suspicion over whether prosecutors who are under command of the prosecutor general, who, until recently appointed by the president, is liable to political pressure can conduct an impartial investigation into a high-profile scandal involving those in power.

            So the demands from the bereaved families should not be characterized as a radical move undermining the judociary structure of the nation.

            Your criticism, I think, goes too far.

          • Chucky3176

            “Since special prosecution itself is created due to suspicion over whether prosecutors who are under command of the prosecutor general, who, until recently appointed by the president”

            That is a BS. I am surprised you are spreading this misinformation. The proposal that was agreed upon by BOTH the Senuri Party and the opposition party negotiators last week was a committee that would be represented by the government appointed, AS WELL as officials appointed by the opposition party and the surviving family members. In other words, a representatives that represents all parties involved.

            The hunger strikers do not accept that. They want the government appointees to be totally disregarded, as well as having the right to prosecute those found guilty. I’m sorry, but nobody should have the right to mete out punishment unless they are judges. And I say this, even when I think Korean judges are horrible waste of space based on their past habit of giving out light sentences to criminals.

          • commander

            You got me wrong. The part you quoted me as writing is meant to generally mention how special prosecution comes into being, not in this case.

  • Renjick

    At least they’re proving the stereotype that they’re losers with bad skin problems and bad social skills.

  • stickerbrick

    This article is terrible. It says almost nothing. Why are they hunger striking? Why are people counter-striking?? I refuse to believe, based on nothing but LACK of information, that the Ilbe people are simply there to mock bereaved families for the sole purpose of being terrible people. The anti-hunger strike, the way I see it, should make anyone say “WHY” rather than just dismiss it outright as “they are evil”

    I’ve heard some strange things about what the families are asking for and how the greed at an expected payoff has warped some people.

    While I don’t come here very often, this is probably one of the worst articles and comment selections I’ve ever seen on Koreabang.

    • Chucky3176

      It’s not that they want more money. That’s an unfair accusation against the hunger strikers. They were offered tons of money and compensation by the government, and they rejected them with anger that the government was trying to pay them off into silence. I honest believe they want justice and reforms in Korea so that this doesn’t happen again. But they’re going about it in wrong ways with unrealistic demands. No government in the world will step aside from investigating the accident and the causes, and let the surviving families to take charge of the investigation and punishment.

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