Blocking the bill is very personal issue to Eun.
She was tortured and imprisoned for 6 yrs from 1992 to 1998 for attempting socialism revolution ‘to improve labor environments and make a welfare state’.
Because of the torture, she suffered pneumonia, TB, heart disease(prolapsing mitral leaflet syndrome), tumor, laryngitis, claustrophobia, and acrophobia. She had to cut out several inches of large and small intestines for TB infection.
The bill will once again empower the same agency which tortured her. It must not be allowed.
Park “won” the election.
Am I woefully behind on Korean events, or are they skipping the ‘have terrorists attack something’ stage of the ‘pass dystopian ‘anti-terror’ legislation that further empowers your repressive security apparatus’ process?
Dude, North Korea.
Yea when you have literal Batshit Crazy next door to you it gets easier to tell yourself that turning into a despotic asshat is ‘for everyone’s best interests.’
I wish i had something to say that wouldn’t come off flippant because what these people, our allies and partners in the region, have suffered is…
I just am sick of this shit continuing, over and over… and over… and fucking over again.
Bring back fistfights and riots in the legislative chamer to get to the potium. Those made for better entertainment
That is true; but the matter is still puzzling because the DPRK has been doing its erratic, bellicose, thing for quite some time now; probably more or less as soon as the not-really-peace broke out; but South Korea went from being an overtly authoritarian government to one sufficiently free that this sort of legislation counts as a step backward during that time anyway.
My impression is that an overbroad and dangerous ‘anti-terrorism’ law needs something that is novel in type, scope, or both; not just the same awful neighbor who you’ve been dealing with for some decades.
South Koreans really know how to protest with style.
One thing to consider is that despite the internet and Google translate, different languages still form separate ideospheres: the influences on South Korean political discourse aren’t the same as the ones in the Anglophone sphere, for all that there’s a certain amount of traffic between them. So there’s no particular reason why South Korea should follow Washington’s lead in this just because it’s Washington.
The right-wing did not melt away like the morning dew with the glorious dawning of democratic principles in Seoul. Nearly everyone who supported that regime survived the changeover, and continue to bemoan the passing of the various republics before the present Sixth Republic. There are still those who believe the Gwangju protests were communist (i.e. North Korean) inspired, and that everything that grew out of that to be stained by association and so should be swept away so that South Korea can return to the good old days. Clearly, if you’re of such a mind, then increased powers to the surveillance state only make sense, regardless of whether or not a secret service with such powers would be any more trustworthy than a North Korean agent provocateur.
a small edit suggestion: the scandal you mentioned happened while she was running for office. S. Korea is a country with single term presidency
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