Hundreds of activists held a rally at Seoul Station Square to commemorate the May-June protests last year.
Participants condemned the Lee Myung-bak administration for [what] they call human rights abuses and policies deepening the economic malaise of poor people.
The clashes occurred when protestors started marching toward Gwanghwamun, stopping traffic and causing chaos in Downtown Seoul. Two were arrested by the police.
The conflict further escalated as the demonstrators reached Seoul City Hall, where the opening ceremony of the Hi Seoul Festival was being held. Tourists from around the world were frightened by the violent demonstrations.
As participants occupied the festival stage, protesting the police blockade in the area, the police called off all the ceremonies and sent Korean home and tourists to their hotels.
Amid the process, 69 more protestors were taken to nearby police stations and another 41 were taken while continuing the protest late in the night.
In total, 112 were detained at 10 different police stations.
There are all kinds of galleries up on the Chosun Ilbo site. I've reposted a few photographs---taken from here, here, here, and here---below:
Here's one of some foreigners capturing the moment.
You can question the good sense of doing that---more importantly of having yourself photographed doing that---but to be fair they did come down to see a festival when a riot broke out.
Kelsey from Living Life Frame by Frame was in Seoul, and took two videos from the middle of the rallies. Here's one, and below is another:
If you weren't around last summer to witness the remarkable display, I'd encourage you to read through the posts in my "Mad Bull Shit" category. Here are a few of note: beef protests dominate the May 18th anniversary in Gwangju; mothers wheel their strollers to the frontlines of the protests; a video of protestors attacking police with shovels and poles; candlelight rallies were held all over Jeollanam-do; and I really can't look through those old posts anymore without getting cranky, so just browse them yourself. The protests became more than simply about beef, but it's worth pointing out that they got started when a news program basically made up a bunch of stuff about the dangers of American beef (and they've since been arrested, so I guess that's one way to