Democracy Dying in South Korea
- After 28 years, the call for democracy still continues
What is happening in South Korea; The media, like the government, refuses to report the truth - the people's desires for democracy and calls for a better future.
South Koreans first started a silent candlelight protest on May 2^nd^ 2008 against the newly elected president Lee's policies concerning the free trade agreement, privatization, and the Korean ownership of Dok-do. Mothers came with their children. High school and middle school students came with their friends. Workers came after work to hold candles and ask President Lee Myung-Bak to reconsider his policies and live for the people. While more than 20,000 people congregated in the middle of Seoul and some main cities of Korea, their numbers were reduced to a mere 5000 people by Korea's main news stations, KBS and SBS, and newspapers Choseon, Joonang, and Dong-A.
On May 24^th^, people congregated on-ce again for a peaceful, candle-lit protest. Frustrated by the government's ignorance and media's indifference, a group of people stood up and started marching towards the Blue House calling for President Lee's impeachment. Suddenly, the unconcerned government responded with violence. The peaceful protest soon deteriorated with threats and armies of policemen. Harsh lights were forced upon the bewildered people. A watering truck carrying water to spray on-to the protesters and disperse the crowd was also thrown in. A woman with a seven-year-old son on her back asked for mercy. Her cry for help was shut out by the police, who pushed her away roughly. Throughout the night people's peaceful protest was trampled upon by the police. 37 people were forcefully arrested, a few of them high school students. Students, children, old men, and women were all physically assaulted with shields, truncheons, and water. The police, who were on-ce the "protectors of the people" have become their oppressors.
All of this is currently on-ly known by the people who participated in the protest that night. Korea's main news stations have not reported the unjust physical assaults of the police on the peaceful protesters. Rather they have distorted the truth, lying about the physical actions of the police and the spraying of forceful water on-to the civilians, who were on-ly holding candles for protection. What on-ce was a peaceful protest of 50,000 people is being portrayed as a riot of 500 people by the main Korea media.
Word is spreading through the Korean internet, and more and more people are assembling in the protest. Now people are not on-ly asking for the president's reconsideration of his policies, but also for his impeachment, freedom of speech, and democracy in South Korea. Already people are referring to the protest as a recurrence of the democratic protest that happened 28 years ago in May in Gwang-Ju, a city in South Korea, against military dictatorship.
While the president, the government, and the media remain silent, ignoring the wills of the people, Koreans themselves are collaborating to uphold the first rule of the national constitution, which clearly states that Korea's sovereignty lies in its people, and all state power comes from the people.
(i'm sorry if it felt like more of a petition. -someone else wrote this on an internet comm - and it wasn't exactly for this type of use(and yes,i got a permission from her). we're also planning to upload more news-like on-es later. but then, we didn't really have enough time. people are getting beaten by police on streets as i do this. every possible media is under control; including major web search engines. hear us out.)