But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of a news article appeared in the online media <OhmyNews> on November 23, reporting a rally protesting a shoddy passage of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill at National Assembly the day before. All rights regarding this material stay with the author of original article or with <OhmyNews> and this post will be scrapped immediately with their request. Original article of this post can be found in the link at the bottom.

“In a day of negative wind chill, water cannoning is an act of murder”

[Seoul square] About 10,000 shouted “KOR-US FTA ratification is void” … wrapped up peacefully

On-site reporting team: Hong Hyun-jin (report), Kwon Woo-sung (Photo), Yoo Sung-ho (Photo), Park Jung-ho (Video)

In November 23 evening, police are firing water cannons at citizens who participated in KOR-US FTA shoddy ratification denunciation rally in Seoul square when they start street march. ⓒ Kwon Woo-sung 권우성 (The banner citizens are holding reads “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” (Amos 5:24))


In November 23 evening, citizens,  pelted by police water cannons, who participated in KOR-US FTA shoddy ratification denunciation rally in Seoul square are marching the street. ⓒ Kwon Woo-sung 권우성

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An unintimidated shout under nipping water cannons, ‘Myung-bak OUT’ A female student, directly hit by police water cannon, tumbled on the ground and other students were also suffered from water cannons aimed at their faces. ⓒ Park Jung-ho 박정호

Excerpts from twits: @du0280 .. “My clothes are completely frozen (by water cannon)“, @hangulo .. “It’s winter, water cannoning itself is an act of murder“, @yoji0802 .. “Water cannoning in this negative wind chill night is a crime

One cafe near city hall (@CafeVine) twitted “Those who shiver from water cannoning, please come to us. Hot coffee is free to you.”


In November 23 evening, police, firing water cannons, are dispersing students and citizens who peacefully finished KOR-US FTA shoddy ratification denunciation candlelight rally in Seoul square and start street march towards Ulji-ro (street) direction blaming the passage of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill by Grand National Party (GNP) alone. ⓒ Yoo Sung-ho 유성호


In November 23 evening, police, firing water cannons, are taking away students and citizens who peacefully finished KOR-US FTA shoddy ratification denunciation candlelight rally in Seoul square and start street march towards Ulji-ro (street) direction. ⓒ Yoo Sung-ho 유성호


In November 23 evening, former democratic party (DP) representative Jeong Bong-joo one of 4 panels in the world number one podcast program ‘Naneun Ggom-su-da (나는 꼼수다; I am a tricky gambit)’ says on the stage “As a politician of a party that was not able to block the passage of KOR-US FTA consent bill, I am really sorry.” ⓒ Yoo Sung-ho 유성호


While students and citizens are blaming the passage of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill by GNP alone in a candlelight rally to denounce the shoddy procession of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill at Seoul city hall square in November 23 evening, participants from a church raise a banner that reads ‘You are holding candlelights in you hands; We are proud of you’. ⓒ Yoo Sung-ho 유성호


In November 23 evening, countless students and citizens are raising candlelights in their hands blaming the passage of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill by GNP alone in a candlelight rally to denounce the shoddy procession of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill at Seoul city hall square. ⓒ Yoo Sung-ho 유성호

Excerpts from a speech of an anonymous citizen back from US to get an operation:I am here as a witness. In the US, I had to pay 1,800$ for the ambulance to get to a hospital just 8 minutes away, and they wanted me to pay 48,000$ for an emergency operation. But, it costed only 1,100$ to buy a ticket back to Korea. Do you want to live like that?


In November 23 evening, citizens, raising candlelights in their hands, are shouting ‘Void ratification! Myung-bak OUT!’ in a candlelight rally to denounce the shoddy procession of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill at Seoul square. ⓒ Kwon Woo-sung 권우성


In November 23 evening, students and citizens, raising hand pickets that read ‘Stop KOR-US FTA!’ or ‘Judge Lee Myung-bak’s government!’, are are shouting slogans blaming the passage of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill by GNP alone in a candlelight rally to denounce the shoddy procession of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill at Seoul city hall square. ⓒ Yoo Sung-ho 유성호


In November 23 evening, Lee Jeong-hee, the leader of Democratic Labor Party (DLP), Rep. Kim Sun-dong, and other participants are shouting slogans ‘Ratification Void! Myung-bak OUT!’ in a political party speech rally, denouncing the shoddy procession of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill by GNP at Seoul square. ⓒ Yoo Sung-ho 유성호

Excerpts from free speeches: a senior middle school girl with a picket that reads ‘Never get sick, or you would die’ in her hand, “How come they pushed forward FTA such a forcible way? Should I die if I get sick? If you are so righteous, why did you do it so shoddily?” A student on leave, “I came here alone seeing a notice in an internet cafe. I am afraid of the water cannon but I guess they will not use it since so many citizens turn out.


In November 23 evening, members of conservative organizations are holding a rally in favor of shoddy passage of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill in front of Daehanmun (gate) of Deoksu-gung (palace) holding a banner that reads “Representatives who stood in the front line in passing the KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill, you proved you were worthy!” Across the police line gather citizens who protest the shoddy passage of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill. ⓒ Kwon Woo-sung 권우성


While members of conservative organizations are holding a rally in favor of shoddy passage of KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill in front of Daehanmun (gate) of Deoksu-gung (palace) holding a banner that reads “Representatives who stood in the front line in passing the KOR-US FTA ratification consent bill, you proved you were worthy!” in November 23 evening, a police man is separating a citizen that protests the rally and conservative organization members. ⓒ Kwon Woo-sung 권우성

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