“It will not end today. Let’s make 100,000 and retire MB”

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in the online media <Voice of People (VOP)> on December 10, 2011, covering the anti-KORUS FTA rally and political party speech assembly held at Cheonggye square, Seoul. The whole rally gets inflamed by the preposterous DDoS attack on the Central Election Management Commission (CEMC) by the ruling Grand National Party (GNP). Historically, fraudulent election in March 15, 1960 led to April 19 revolution that faltered the 12-year long then President Rhee Syng-man’s government. Many people cautiously suspect the DDoS attack on CEMC at October 26 Seoul mayoral by-election may be another fraudulent election and, as such, the whole issue is very politically inflammable. All rights regarding this post stay with the author of original article of the <VOP> and this post will be scrapped immediately with their request. Original article of this post can be found in the link at the bottom.

“It will not end today. Let’s make 100,000 and retire MB”

Candlelight rally to denounce KORUS FTA & DDoS cyberterror attack

Reporters Jeong Hye-gyoo, 정혜규, Choi Ji-hyun 최지현

청계광장의 한미fta 날치기 무효 집회
In Dec. 10th evening before Cheonggye square, Gwanghwamun, participants of ‘Void shoddy KORUS FTA ratification! Disband DDoS terror Grand National Party!’ candlelight rally jointly held by 4 opposition parties & Korean Alliance against KorUS FTA (KoA) are raising candlelights. ⓒ Kim Cheol-soo 김철수

“It will not end today. Let’s make 100,000 and retire MB”

Ever dropping temperature could not stop citizens’ inflamed craving to denounce KORUS FTA. With rages of DDoS attack on Central Election Management Commission (CEMC) added on top of shoddy passage of KORUS FTA ratification consent bill, citizens’ demand ‘to disband Grand National Party (GNP), the shoddy passage party and the DDoS cyberterror party’ is spreading wildly.

In Dec. 10th afternoon around 5:30PM, about 5,000 citizens gathered at ‘the candlelight rally to denounce KORUS FTA and to disband DDoS cyberterrorist GNP’ by 4 opposition parties and Korean Alliance against KorUS FTA (KoA) as had been in last week’s rally.

At today’s rally, citizens from all social standings gathered and shouted the slogan ‘Void Ratification! MB OUT!’ together. There were people in their 10s to in their 60s; high school students who had taken the college scholastic aptitude test this year, college students who had voted for their students’ union leaders and even some Park Won-soon’s fan cafe members.

한미FTA 반대
In Dec. 10th evening before Cheonggye square, Gwanghwamun, huge citizens turned up at ‘Void shoddy KORUS FTA ratification! Disband DDoS terror Grand National Party!’ candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA. ⓒ Kim Cheol-soo 김철수

In particular at today’s candlelight rally, participants’ anger towards GNP regarding the DDoS cyber attack on CEMC sizzled. Citizens claimed “it is even shameful to shout ‘GNP disband’ slogan now” and demanded “GNP, you destroy and disband yourself”.

There also were voices of strong criticism concerning the decision of Democratic Party (DP) to attend National Assembly sessions.

One of the joint leaders of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) Lee Jeong-hee pointed out “politicians are now split into those who try to stop KORUS FTA by their own bodies and those who speak of it but gradually backdown.” Jeong Dong-young, a supreme member of DP, blaming his own party “it was wrong that floor leaders of ruling and opposition parties took photos together and announced the resumption of National Party sessions unilaterally” and appealed “let’s go out to the streets and block the KORUS FTA ratification.”

As usual, About 5,000 citizens started street march after the candlelight rally.

Since CEMC DDoS cyber attack incident had overlapped the KORUS FTA problem, citizens’ craving for ‘to disband GNP’ got intensified but the police were not able to stop the march properly, as if intimidated by citizens’ high spirits.

경찰을 뚫고 나가는 시민들
In Dec. 10th evening in Myung-dong street, participants of ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’ are marching through police blockade. ⓒ Kim Cheol-soo 김철수

Citizens attended the candlelight rally at Cheonggye square then marched over Ulji-ro, Myung-dong, Jong-ro for about one and half hours and covered the whole Seoul downtown area with slogans ‘Void Ratification! MB OUT!’, ‘Disband DDoS cyber-terror party, Grand National Party’.

Police tried to stop those marching citizens but it fell short of blocking the slew of angers bursting out of citizens and citizens wrapped up the march without much trouble. But in the meantime, some police caused trouble by using violence to citizens and spraying tear gas solutions at citizens.

While the march was going on, citizens on pedestrian sidewalks were witnessed to applaud and cheer to citizens’ march in many places and some vehicles were blowing the horns at the beat of ‘Void Ratification! MB OUT!’ slogan. Citizens’ anger against Lee Myung-bak’s government and GNP was not different between inside and outside of the march.

최루액 쏘는 경찰
In Dec. 10th evening in Myung-dong street, the police are spraying tear gas solutions at marching participants of ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’. ⓒ Kim Cheol-soo 김철수

괴로워하는 시민
In Dec. 10th evening in Myung-dong street, a participant of ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’ struck by police shields is lying on the ground, suffering in agonizing pain. ⓒ Kim Cheol-soo 김철수

About 5,000 citizens held a wrap-up assembly at the stairway of Myung-dong Cathedral after the march and promised to continue the KORUS FTA denunciation candlelight rally next week.

KoA will hold a candlelight rally every evening from Dec.12 in front of Daehanmun and will hold another grand rally on Dec.17.

In the meantime, the police took away 3 citizens during the candlelight rally today.

명동정리집회
In Dec. 10th evening, participants of ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’ are holding a wrap-up assembly in front of Myung-dong Cathedral. ⓒ Kim Cheol-soo 김철수


촛불집회 참가자들 “디도스 테러, 한나라당 전체 묶어 재수사하라”

10일 촛불집회에 참여한 시민들은 ‘선관위 디도스 테러’에 한나라당 당직자가 연루된 사실에 분노를 터뜨렸다.

참가자들은 “정당이 국가기구를 사이버 테러한 중대 범죄”, “되풀이된 3.15 부정선거”라며 ‘한나라당 해산’을 요구했다. 또 디도스 공격을 최구식(51) 한나라당 의원의 비서관 공모(27)씨의 단독범행이라고 결론내린 경찰 수사에 대해 의문을 표시하며 철저한 재수사를 촉구했다.

대학생 양모(25)씨는 “디도스 사건을 보면서 한나라당이 갈 때까지 갔다는 생각을 했다. 한나라당 의원들은 모두 사퇴하고 이제 정치를 그만하길 바란다”고 말했다.

네티즌 엄지봉(48)씨는 “9급 비서관이 충동적으로 디도스 공격을 했다는 경찰의 발표를 믿을 수 없다”며 “경찰도 검찰도 신뢰할 수 없다. 계속 정권의 비위만 맞출 경우 국민들은 선거와 집회를 통해 분노한 민심을 보여줄 것이다”고 주장했다.

정인섭(55)씨는 “중학생을 붙잡고 물어봐도 수행비서가 디도스 범죄를 혼자 저지를 것으로 생각하지 않는다”며 “한나라당 전체를 묶어서 디도스 수사를 다시 벌여야한다”고 지적했다.

김규철(46)씨는 “정권과 한나라당은 국민이 우둔하다고 생각하는 것 같다”며 “이제 한나라당은 사죄할 때가 됐다. 한나라당은 당을 해체하고 뼈를 깎는 고통으로 기득권을 버려야한다. 다음 총선에도 나오지 말아야한다”고 밝혔다.

한미 FTA 폐기하라
In Dec. 10th evening, participants of ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’ are marching to Myung-dong in a Jongro street. ⓒ Yang Ji-woong 양지웅

가자 거리로
In Dec. 10th evening, participants of ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’ are marching to Myung-dong in a Jongro street. ⓒ Yang Ji-woong 양지웅

다같이 함성을
In Dec. 10th evening, Sim Sang-jung, Lee Jeong-hee, joint leaders of UPP, Jeong Dong-young, supreme member of DP, Paik Ki-wan, the director of Unification Problem Institute, are shouting slogans with participants of ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’. ⓒ Yang Ji-woong 양지웅

발언하는 이정희 대표
In Dec. 10th evening, Kang Sang-goo, the vice leader of New Progressive Party (NPP), Lee Jeong-hee, a joint leader of UPP, Jeong Dong-young, supreme member of DP, are making speeches at ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’ in front of Cheonggye square. ⓒ Yang Ji-woong 양지웅

쥐를 구속해
In Dec. 10th evening, a participant of ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’ in front of Cheonggye square is standing with a mask of President Lee Myung-bak and a handcuffed rat doll on his hands. ⓒ Yang Ji-woong 양지웅

저도 반대해요!
In Dec. 10th evening, a boy is holding a ‘shoddily passed KORUS FTA void balloon’ at the ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’ in front of Cheonggye square. ⓒ Kim Cheol-soo 김철수

한미fta 날치기 무효!디도스 테러 한나라당 해체 야4당 및 범국본 촛불문화제
In Dec. 10th evening, the ‘candlelight rally and political party speech assembly by 4 opposition parties & KoA’ is going on with huge citizen participants in front of Cheonggye square. ⓒ Kim Cheol-soo 김철수

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