protest

Last Monday, as I walked out of one of my lessons on Yeouido (Yeoui Island), I was confronted by the sight of hundreds of soldiers standing in formation across the street. Living in Itaewon, near the American military base, I see groups of Korean soldiers patrolling the area around the base and near the subway station every day. I also have a class that is near the U.S. Embassy, which is also always guarded by groups of Korean soldiers. Outside my class on Monday wasn’t groups of soldiers, however, this was hundreds of soldiers… more than I’d ever seen in one place. So, I took some pictures:

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I wandered around to see what what the reason was for all this security, and eventually — after making my way through group after group of soldiers — I came upon this protest:

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Lots of Koreans wearing strange hats and carrying banners, singing songs and drinking soju, staring at me like I was a giant hairless monkey with a horrible rash. Were they protesting me? It would be awfully egotistical of me to assume so. However, after wandering around the crowd and trying to read the signs for a good half-hour, I was unable to come up with any idea as to what they might actually be protesting. Probably something about the government, as the protest was located right down the street from the National Assembly (the green-domed building in the background of the photo above). Despite my obliviousness as to the matter, the protest was interesting to watch and to witness, and it was also very photogenic:

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On my walk back to the subway, I passed two drunk men gleefully kicking a squirming rat through the park like a soccer ball.

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