What’s With All The Sympathy?

(I’m still blogging from the iPod touch. I’ve got the Korean keyboard working now인거 같은데 I’m not so much in the mood for such niceties as proper spell checking and links, so all y’all people who like to judge people on their spelling, punctuation and the factual truth of the things they write should read at your own risk)

Anyway, I came home last night and was greeted by the sight of endless news coverage of an encounter between demonstrators and the Seoul SWAT team that left six dead. Here are the details I am currently aware of:

The fire that killed all those people was caused by the Molotov cocktails that the demnstrators had stocked in the battle turret that they constructed on the roof of a building in order to stage a standoff with the police.

Honestly that’s all I need to know. These protestors pose an obvious and serious danger to themselves, the police and the public, and any country that takes the law seriously would do what it takes to stop this kind of dangerous behavior.
So I point out all this to my mother-in-law and she tells me that the police are to blame. I ask her how that can possibly be the case. “Ehhhhhhh” (ie “Don’t think too much about such things, just believe.”)
You probably are way ahead of me here. This is exactly what happened when that dick burnt down Namdaemun. People here seem to sympathize with unrepentant jerks. Granted, all but one of the people who died was a demonstrator, but that doesn’t negate the fact that they were the ones who built a battle tower, made (and appear to have at least lit) the Molotov cocktails that started the fire, and goaded the police in the first place.
Nonetheless there’s talk in the press about the police chief stepping down and calls from some corners for the police who participated to be somehow punished.
This is the kind of dumb crap you come up with when you combine a complete lack of principles with a love of dramatic, stupid and incredibly destructive behavior in others.

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~ by Joshing on January 23, 2009.

3 Responses to “What’s With All The Sympathy?”

  1. Well it’s not like they were protesting for shits and giggles. Think about their motivations: corporations practically stole their homes and businesses while the government ignored them. Although it doesn’t excuse their behavior, it’s not hard to see why they’d think extreme measures were the only way to get their voices heard (although it’s probably not the best way, admittedly). Anyways, this situation will hopefully shed more light on the issues that ultimately caused such incidents, and things like this won’t happen in the future.

  2. The otherwise blog has a good explanation of the reasons for the protest…
    http://www.judyhan.com/otherwise/?p=1238

  3. Hi there. Your blog was nominated for an award for the best Korea blogs of 2008, at The Hub Of Sparkle. Go check it out if you like.

    http://www.koreasparkle.com/2009/01/the-golden-klog-awards-survey-is-up-go-vote/#content

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