Citizens stood against water cannons until the end … voluntarily dispersed at Myung-dong

Disclaimer: The following is totally unauthoritative personal translation of a gallery of images reporting the citizens’ rally to request denunciation of KOR-US FTA ratified yesterday appeared in the online media <Voice of People> on Nov. 12, 2011. You would see how a peaceful citizen rally turns into a scene of  horrible civil suffering from a violent police disperse operation mobilizing water cannons. Please be noted that pictures appear in reverse chronological order in this post. All rights about this post stay with the author of original author and the <Voice of People> and this post will be scrapped immediately with their request. Original article of this post (in Korean) can be found by the link at the bottom.

[On the scene] About 20,000 citizens gather at a candlelight rally to request denunciation of KOR-US FTA … “disband Grand National Party” “denounce KOR-US FTA”

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입력 2011-11-23 19:07:51 l 수정 2011-11-23 23:26:27

23일 저녁 경찰이 한미FTA폐기 촉구 대회에 참가한 시민들을 향해 물대포를 발사하고 있다.
In Nov. 23 evening, police are firing water cannons at citizens who demand the denunciation of KOR-US FTA. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

23일 저녁 경찰이 한미FTA폐기 촉구 대회에 참가한 시민들을 향해 물대포를 발사하고 있다.
In Nov. 23 evening, police are firing water cannons at citizens who demand the denunciation of KOR-US FTA. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

23일 저녁 경찰이 한미FTA폐기 촉구 대회에 참가한 시민들을 향해 물대포를 발사하고 있다.
In Nov. 23 evening, police are firing water cannons at citizens who demand the denunciation of KOR-US FTA. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

한미FTA폐지 집회
In Nov. 23, citizens who participate in the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA are demanding the denunciation of KOR-US FTA. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

한미FTA폐지 집회
In Nov. 23, police are trying to take away citizens who participate in the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

한미FTA폐지 집회
In Nov. 23, police are trying to take away citizens who participate in the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

한미FTA폐지 집회
In Nov. 23, a citizen who participate in the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA is staring at police fully soaked by water cannon. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

한미FTA폐지 집회
In Nov. 23, a citizen who participate in the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA is pelted by water cannons. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

23일 시청광장 한미FTA저지집회
In Nov. 23 evening, about 20,000 citizens participate in a candlelight rally demanding the denunciation of KOR-US FTA and police are trying to delay the progression of participants firing water cannons at them near the Seoul square. (Photo by @jyk789)

시청광장, 한미FTA저지집회
In Nov. 23 evening, about 20,000 citizens participate in a candlelight rally demanding the denunciation of KOR-US FTA and police are trying to delay the progression of participants firing water cannons at them near the Seoul square. (Photo by Twitter)

23일 시청광장 한미FTA저지집회
In Nov. 23 evening, about 10,000 citizens participate in the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square and demand the denunciation of KOR-US FTA. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

23일 시청광장 한미FTA저지집회
In Nov. 23 evening, about 10,000 citizens participate in the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square and demand the denunciation of KOR-US FTA. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

23일 시청광장 한미FTA저지집회
While about 10,000 citizens participate in the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square and demand the denunciation of KOR-US FTA in Nov. 23 evening, police force is wrapping around the rally site. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

23일 시청광장 한미FTA저지집회
In Nov. 23 evening, about 10,000 citizens participate in the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square and demand the denunciation of KOR-US FTA. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

Quotation of a Democratic Labor Party (DLP) representative Sun-dong Kim‘s speech: “I didn’t terrorize the National Assembly; Myung-bak Lee did. Grand National Party (GNP) and administration authority terrorized people. I cannot forgive GNP who tramples upon dreams and hopes of ordinary people.

Quotation of the free speech of a citizen who used to live in US: “I had to come back to Korea while living in US due to unbearably high medical expenses. Now, you guys should leave this country like I did in US if you don’t have much money. What country do you want to hand down to your children? You must vote. Young people should step up. We should defend our world.”

Quotation of another citizen’s speech: “We who gather here from all over this country to stop FTA should judge GNP with all our desires. GNP. You pushed forward shoddy ratification forcibly. Disband yourself.”

발언하는 이정희 대표
In Nov. 23 evening, Jeong-hee Lee, the leader of Democratic Labor Party (DLP), is speaking to huge number of citizens that gather at the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

Quotes of DLP leader Jeong-hee Lee’s speech: “It’s not over yet. Yesterday’s incident at National Assembly was just a coercive ratification procedure. It is over only when President signs the KOR-US FTA bill next week and announces it. You should say to the President not to sign the ratification bill. You should not take yesterday’s incident in National Assembly as an excuse for giving all up. You should gather today, tomorrow, Saturday and make him shake his hand in fear when he signs the bill and not to sign it.”

발언하는 야당 대표들
In Nov. 23 evening, opposition party officials are speaking to huge number of citizens that gather at the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

모자 꼭 쓰고
In Nov. 23 evening, huge number of citizens gather at the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

퇴근하고 왔어요
In Nov. 23 evening, huge number of citizens gather at the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

Quotation from a high school girl from Ansan: “President Myung-bak Lee should be scolded. Citizens are not dumb any more. Abrogate the KOR-US FTA immediately.”

모인 시민들
In Nov. 23 evening, huge number of citizens gather at the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

모여라
In Nov. 23 evening, huge number of citizens gather at the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

민노당이 함께합니다.
In Nov. 23 evening, huge number of citizens gather at the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

춥다
In Nov. 23 evening, huge number of citizens gather at the candlelight rally to block KOR-US FTA near Seoul square. (Photo by Lee Seung-bin, 민중의소리 이승빈 기자)

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