Also in today's paper is a story of a woman who used her baby buggy---and her baby---to stand in the way of the police and their water canons (sic, lol).
At around 1:40 p.m. June 26, police stationed two water canon vehicles in front of Saemoonan Church, downtown Seoul. It was to dismiss the protestors overcrowding the road.The article talks about messages of support posted on a website 유모차부대, for example the one that provides this post's title. A Naver search turns up tons of photos of group members strolling through protests with . . . strollers. Here are a few.
As the police prepared for a second spurt after spouting water for 10 minutes, a housewife suddenly approached the water canon vehicles pushing forth a baby buggy with her child in it.
The police requested the mother to move aside to the footpath, but she stayed right there saying, “I’ll only move aside after the water canon vehicles move away.”
The protesters began to give her a hand. When the combat policemen came toward her, they immediately surrounded the baby buggy blocking access. Police persuaded the mother without using force so as not to provoke the protesters, but she did not yield. Police withdrew the water canon vehicles from the site after a 30-minute-long fuss.
About 40 protesters with baby buggies who took part in the rally on June 25 and were near the Sejong intersection were also faced with a dangerous situation as the rally turned violent.
When the police forced the protesters toward Taepyeong Street, about 100 of them were driven to the rear where baby-buggy members were sitting with their children. Fortunately the protesters and policemen caught sight of them and refrained from physical collision, preventing any casualty.
Korean babies are absolutely adorable and provide hours of entertainment. I want one. They also make great accessories and are the perfect complement to a lonely and frustrated life, so if you have a vagina you really ought to put it to use, what with Korea's declining birth rate and all. I posted a little something about these mothers at the protests a while back, pointing out the hypocracy of this "살고 싶다!" ("I want to live") crap when a recent study found that only 12% of Korean parents used car seats for their kids and that, LMFAO, Koreans actually fought against car seat legislation. But as any Jeollanam-do resident will point out, traffic safety and beef protests are not related, and complete indifference to well-being in one sector of life does not preclude one for clamoring for it in another. *cough*
Going on over to the Hankyoreh I found the cartoon "Another Gwangju" that puts it all in perspective. I noted back around the anniversary of the Gwangju Massacre that the protestors, amidst their wall-to-wall anti-beef stuff, were trying to cast these latest demonstrations in the same spirit of the democratization movement. I see their point, and maybe if they weren't so batshit insane I'd be more sympathetic. But anyway, the Hankyoreh article goes on to talk about all the police brutality going on nowadays. Pardon my boldness, but I just have to say that police brutality sucks. It's, like, fucked up. But, um, you can't beat the shit out of riot cops and then expect them to sit there and take it.
Ooooh, bad timing, sorry. Incidentally, just as my coworkers vehemently deny there were any anti-American displays at the 5/18 commemoration or that "PD Diary" lied, they also deny that protestors are attacking police. It's worth repeating that understanding Korea's long and unique culture *cough*, as people like me are often implored to do, becomes so much easier when you can completely ignore huge chunks of it. And like I've said before, and like was reiterated on the latest Seoul Podcast, I'm all for being anti-establishment and raging against this machine or that, but the rub is that here all the quote-unquote liberal papers are so off the fucking wall that it's pretty much impossible to get behind their causes. Staggering.