- Posted November 30, 2013 by
Samcheok, South Korea
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Anti-Nuke Rally Returns
polargrape says there have been several rallies like this one over the last year, and this is the third he has attended. "The rallies in the past were attended by all ages, but today's rally was predominately seniors and women. Of the three rallies that I've been to, this was the smallest turn-out, although the sun was shining, the temperatures have been quite chilly all week and may have played a role in the lower turn-out."
He says this rally had a much calmer atmosphere than others he has attended. He did not witness any altercations. "Today's rally almost felt like it was more about educating the people as they paraded around the city," he says. "The previous rallies and demonstrations were much more heated to the point of physical altercations between the anti and the pro nuclear sides, although no one was ever hurt."
- PM91, CNN iReport producer
A number of people of Samcheok, in Gangwon province of South Korea, a small city on the east coast with a population of about 50,000 took to the streets today, Saturday, November 30, in an organized rally voicing their displeasure and worries about the possibility of a new nuclear generating station being built within their city limits.
The building of a nuclear reactor has been a hot topic here for a few years, and was one of the underlying reasons an attempted impeachment of the mayor took place within the last year. With a new president in power, and all of the news of problems that other reactors around South Korea have been having, the demonstrations and protests had quieted down as government officials had appeared to soften their stance on bringing nuclear power to the city.
The people gathered at the town square, in the middle of the city, where they organized a parade that took them around the downtown core to finish for another rally at the the square where they started. Where there was more chanting and the burning of a sign.
The rally and parade was peaceful, there were no altercations, and any onlookers who happened to be on the other side of the debate did not let their presence be known. There was a large police presence making sure that nothing got out of hand.
The rally and parade in all was about 2 hours in length, starting at 1pm local time and finishing around 3.