Anti-Park Rally Reminiscent of Democratization Movement

Article from Yonhap News:

Huge Anti-Park Administration Rally, Gives Appearance of a Second Democratization Movement.

Once more, thousands of flyers criticizing the president are scattered around. Conservative groups stage counter-rallies.

On the afternoon of the 28th, central Seoul marking President Park’s third anniversary in office, a large rally was held to criticize key issues of the Park government.

Progressive groups such as Power of the People and Citizens for Action gathered at Seoul Station Plaza at 2 p.m. to start a rally called the “Nationwide Rally to Denounce Park’s Administration: Failure to the People, Failure of Democracy, Puts Peace at Risk.”

5,000 people participated in the event. (Police had predicted only 3,000.) Among the protesters were people against the Korea-China FTA, those against the United Progressive Party’s disbandment, tax-increase opponents, people who brought up the Sewol, THAAD agreement opponents, and temporary employment opponents.

Some signs at the rally read, “Park Government, Get Out” and, “Park Geun-hye’s 2 year anniversary gift = worker dissatisfaction and cuts to wages, benefits.”

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Ham Se-woong took the mic, “Today, Korea’s poverty rate, number of labor union organizations, non-regular work rate, youth employment rate, birth rate, and suicide rates are the worst in the OECD. The problem lies not in democratization of the economy nor in welfare laws, but the problem is one of ethics; It is of building a life [for citizens] that is fit for human beings.”

Protesters expressed their opinions in posters. The most common statements were, “The Park Government has not only steadily ignored and turned its back on citizens, but it has been improperly run and is incompetent. The government has failed the people, destroyed democracy, and threatened peace. If the current conditions persist or are made worse, religious leaders, workers, farmers, and youth will gather again for another Democratization Movement!”

Starting at 3:30, protesters took up three lanes of traffic, marching through the Bank of Korea rotary, onward to Euljiro-ipgu.

Near the Bank of Korea, a thousand or so flyers criticizing the Park government were scattered from a building rooftop. The flyers read, “Treating the citizens like idiots, NIS interferes in elections- a breech of public election law! And what about President Park Geun-hye?”, “Yeah, let’s not do this anymore.”

At 6 p.m., 1,000 members of Seoul Progressives United began marching in the streets from Gangnam’s Sinsa Station to Hakdong Station. They held banners saying “Wanted: Election Fraud Suspect”, and held thousands of signs bearing the face of former president Lee Myung-bak. They stopped near the private residence of the former president in Nonhyun-dong, and began chanting, demanding he take responsibility for the NIS comment scandal [during the last elections.]

Another demonstration was held at 6 p.m. in Gwanghwamun square. 200 people gathered for a candlelight vigil for a Sewol law.

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Meanwhile, conservative groups held a rally to “eradicate North Korea sympathizers” These rallies were held at different times and locations, and there were no clashes with opposition groups.

The Retired Police Association, with 1,300 members in attendance, met in Seoul Yongsan-gu Dongja-dong at 1:30 p.m. “Citizens Alliance Against Anti-Korean and Pro-North Korea Groups”, along with a veterans group of more or less 200 people who gathered for an “Eradicate North Korea Sympathizers” rally in front of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea in Jung-gu Seoul.

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Comments from Naver:


Against the Unified Progressive Party’s dissolution and the THAAD’s deployment? As I keep saying, if you like Kim Jong-un that much, do not just protest here. Go to the North. Do you want to eat rats in a concentration camp surrounded by electric fences?


Before anything else, why are they against the THAAD’s deployment? Are they proving they are commies themselves?


“Against the Unified Progressive Party’s dissolution and the THAAD’s deployment.” That’s it. These bastards are commies. Second democratization movement? What bullshit is that? Are they going on about how we are under dictatorship now again? Then I won’t be quiet. I will go on about jongbuk [pro North Korean sympathizers].


The true progressives are supposed to make balanced criticisms. If the Park government is problematic, Kim Jong-un is a bigger problem. North Korea doesn’t even follow socialism. They practice hereditary dictatorship for three generations. Show me if you have ever made any critical remarks about North Korean leaders.


Those guys are jongbuk. They defend the UPP. Shit.


Those who protest for their own political gain, do not taint the meaning of the democratization movement.


Because the fingerprinting of foreigners was abolished, there are many foreign workers who can pose a threat, too. On weekends, they do some kind of play chanting “I”, “R” and “O” repeatedly. In a free democratic country, why would a foreigner need militant mental tenacity? Domestic wage reduction has much to do with the abolition of fingerprinting of foreigners and opening door for them under the Roh Mu-hyun administration…


Jeolladoans call for a democratization movement if they don’t like something. When Roh Mu-hyun’s approval rating went below 5% and life for regular people was devastated, why did they remain silent?


There are more than enough people who enjoy a good life. Those “yellowish” people [supporters of Roh Mu-hyun] can’t still forget the good sir [Roh Mu-hyun] who ended his own life when he was cornered due to his bribery scandal. “That was a kind of riot using firearms..” [Chun Doo-hwan’s comment about the Gwangju Uprising.]


I am also a progressive but it seems real jongbuk people always infiltrate into progressive groups. I don’t really understand why they are against the Unified Progressive Party’s dissolution and the THAAD’s deployment…


Second democratization movement, keke. I guess democratization is their pet dog’s name, kekekeke. Then I hope second martial law army is formed, too.


Let me advise you as someone who also hates Park Geun-hye. If you also chant slogans like “Hereditary dictator Kim Jong-un, step down!”, you can avoid giving an excuse for counter protests from conservative groups such as the Korea Federation Against North Korea Sympathizers. There have been many chances when you could criticize North Korea’s nuclear problem and hereditary dictatorship. But you didn’t, so they think you are jongbuk. If you still act the same way even after reading this, you are really jongbuk groups who are disguised. Keep that in mind.


Second democratization movement? Are they at it again? Should the Republic of Korea just let them be? Oh well, I don’t think they support the ROK in their heart~!


Since the weather got warmer, they started crawling out of the woodwork…

Comments from Daum:


When Park Geun-hye was the representative of the Hannara Party, there was a brilliant time when she happily jumped on the bandwagon to curse President Roh Mu-hyun. I hope she isn’t too upset now.


Her role model is Park Chung-hee who seized power with tanks. Chicken’s true nature never changes.


She doesn’t listen or she can’t listen…


Fake president through a fraud election, Park Geun-hye, step down!!!

할수있다 반드시님:

When spring comes, it will spread like wildfire!!!! 2 years of Park Geun-hye administration!! This is the consequence of ignoring the people’s will!!!!!


Conservative groups want to eradicate jongbuk?? They always blame jongbuk for everything!! This seems like the worst administration ever… Her daddy’s is the second worst…


Facking A, is there nothing else than jongbuk to babble about?

cop vasfhqft님:

Reflect on yourselves, chickensㅡㅡ Are we living under the Yushin regime now? ㅡㅡFrustrating ㅡㅡ

블루 문 12님:





The only scapegoat for conservative idiots is jongbuk, keke.


Ke~ What conservatives… Is there really no other excuse than “jongbuk”? I can only laugh, hahaha~~

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  • Falso hater

    they just want someone to blame on because they just want to release stress. don’t fucking overate those liberal zombies. they really have no idea what they are doing.

  • guest

    Koreans enjoy protesting. This shouldn’t really be news.

  • takasar1

    what an exagerration.
    also, don’t get the problem with park chung hee…. yeah the guy was brutal but you name me one asian tiger/economy that industrialised without a strong central body commanding the economy and marshalling resources into chosen sectors. japan did it. china is doing it. korea did it. taiwan, singapore, malaysia all did it.

  • chucky3176

    I’m not a fan of President Park and some of her policies, but the other political choice for the average Koreans is even worse. There’s no way South Koreans are going to vote and support the Progressives as long as the Progressives are riddled with far left radicals who take to the streets at a drop of a hat. No South Korean wants anarchy.

    If South Korea could come up with a genuine centralist party with half decent leadership (it doesn’t even have to be great leadership), they’d be voted into power the next election. But that’s tough to do in Korea where it’s either left or right, or black and white, there’s no middle ground.

    • bballi bballi paradise

      Ahn? Bang?

      • chucky3176

        They’re talked of as candidates of taking over the Progressive opposition party, they’re not starting their own separate parties on centralist ideals.

  • That’s marvelous

    Korea’s real problem is not the government, it’s the society.

    Social issues, people’s way of thinking, the way society is structured, that’s what causes the massive unhappiness.

    • Anonymous

      Most of the time, these two are often connected.

  • bultak23

    Blame someone, anyone but yourselves.

  • elizabeth

    Why would any citizen be against the deployment of THAAD when it defends the country against missile attacks?

    • chucky3176

      The North Korean tools, the anti-Americans, the Sinophiles, all the Progressive parties… you name it. I support THAAD. China has no right to dictate what South Korea shouldn’t do to protect itself, when China is supporting North Korea.

      • elizabeth

        It is only natural to support THAAD and baffling why some groups consider national security of less importance than their causes.

        • chucky3176

          Same thing with Jeju naval base, and the violent opposition to it because they don’t want to upset North Korea and China, they say. If these people had their ways, South Korea wouldn’t even have a military.

          • elizabeth

            Don’t want to upset the two neighbors who are aggressively strengthening their military might? A very sorry excuse, or they are really traitors running errands for their idol land.

    • Dark Night

      Its pro-North Koreans that are controlled by the Chinese that are against THAAD. THAAD would greatly enhance USA’s Missile defense against China, Russia and North Korea. And I say the US because the majority of missiles that the NK and China would use against SK if they chose to are not going to be High Altitude Missiles but low altitude missiles that sneak underneath the radar, making it harder to detect and faster at hitting the target. And also they are cheaper, takes less fuel and are more accurate.

  • ShootehAnon

    They protest and protest…but nothing actually ever changes. It’s a patten of a follow the leader game, some smudge campaigns from both sides and eventual fizzing out. Lather, rinse, repeat.

  • FYIADragoon

    Once again, Korean society voted her in. You have a problem with a candidate, don’t vote them in. Park laid out all of her cards from the beginning, even if the only good one she had was a tough stance on NK.

    • Sillian

      Once again, Korean society voted her in. You have a problem with a candidate, don’t vote them in.

      About half of Korean society voted her in.

      • chucky3176

        They can wait two more years and vote her out, if that is the will of the South Korea’s voters. But I guess the protestors just don’t want to wait that long to find out if they have enough majority, so they’ll try to force her out now. Also, 57% of Koreans in a poll say they’re in favour of eliminating the old law which says the President can only serve for one term which is 5 years and then has to step down. Majority of Koreans are in favour of at least two terms instead, which would be 8 years (4 years per each term).

        • ParkJeongher

          You know, there are people who protest as a profession in Korea. You can hire them as freelancers….

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    And somehow, in some way, this is Obama’s fault.

  • commander

    The post’s title “Anti Park Rally Reminiscent of Democratization Movement” is a serious misnomer.

    The rally now and the student-led democratization movement then significantly differ in human composition of demonstrators and its cause.

    First, Unlike the 1980s protests, which led by students, the present rally has the conpicuous absense of student activists.

    Actually, these days, university students are more active at online forums, some of them are dubbed as keyboard warriors, a term to describe a person who vociferously expresses views with online postings or upvote o SNS, without revealing their true identity.

    Or colleigians in this day and age may be too busy building their credentials to make themselves look like a more attractive commodity for labor market in a worsening economic situation.

    Second, the demonstrators in 1980s had the clear aim that the Big Brother, who ursurped power in a coup must resign from power and that they should bring democracy in the true sense of the word to the nation. But the rally present day has a multitude of demands, some of which may go beyond what the president alone could achieve.

    But it’s true that the protest is a reflection of some people’s grivances with President Park’s handling with state affairs, controversial personnel appointments and failure to execute her campaign promises of economic democratization, a new term to put a focus on moe equitable wealth distribution and relieve the ever-widening gap in income in the nation.

    The bottom line is just because the gathering of huge crowds doesn’t mean it provides the compelling reasons to draw parallels with the protest in the 1980s. The two has less in common than in difference.

    • chucky3176

      Those protestors who protested in the 1980’s are mostly the ones still protesting on the streets now. They’re now into their 50’s, and still protesting. I guess it’s hard to give up what you know the most and only.

  • hello123

    Korea is doomed. time to think about emigrating.

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