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    What are you afraid of, Park Geun-Hye?


    Everyday, there are protests and candlelight vigils across the nation, criticizing President Park Geun-Hye and her administration for letting more than 300 passengers drowned on the ferry Sewol and for disregarding her responsibility over this disaster. Let alone protecting the citizens and their freedom of expression, the suppression of police has been severer and worse.


    On May 24, a news reporter was arrested while covering a candlelight vigil and an arrest warrant has been issued later because, unbelievably, his report ‘could’ be biased while the entire nation is paying attention to the ferry disaster, because he has refused to confess his fault, and because he might attend another protest or candlelight vigil. Which democratic country would arrest a reporter on duty when he didn’t break a law?


    On the same day, a candlelight vigil was held while over 30,000 people were attending. Again, police forces made human barricades and arrested several protesters. A poet who thought the police suppression too forceful and nonsense over a peaceful and non-violent candlelight vigil jumped up on a van and rebuked the police action. Some policemen forcefully dragged him down and ended up breaking his ribs (See a YouTube clip provided by Media VOP: http://youtu.be/a3Nfs2YW9vc).


    On May 27, six students protested at Cheongwadae, denouncing ‘the president’s responsibility over the ferry disaster’ and requesting ‘the expulsion of the Chief Presidential Secretary Kim Ki-Choon’. Yet, their protest was non-violent. An armed force carrying K-1 rifles was sent to arrest them. Considering the Korean police do not carry guns or rifles on duty, what does an armed force mean? Was it a warning? That certainly reminded me of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising.


    I would like to ask Park Geun-Hye and her Administration, “What are you afraid of, so you have to suppress citizens so forcefully?”

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