Forty-four moms face a summons for their alleged violation of the law on rallies during last year's candlelit vigils against the import of American beef.
Last week, police asked the members of an online community, dubbed ``Stroller Moms Corps,'' to present themselves at Jongno Police Station in central Seoul soon, according to police and the members, Monday.
The mothers took part in the candlelit demonstrations with their babies in strollers last year. Clashes between riot police and protesters usually did not happen when the mothers were present, as both sides tried to protect the babies.
Police said that the mothers are suspected of having violated the law on rallies and obstructed traffic by illegally occupying and marching on the streets on May 29 and 31.
We heard about this last September, too. From the KT back then:
``Stroller Moms Corps,'' and booked one of them, 37-year-old Yu, without physical detention on alleged violation of the law on rallies and traffic obstruction. They will summon the other two soon.
The community members and other mothers took part in the rallies with their babies in strollers. Clashes between riot police and protesters usually did not happen when the mothers were present, as both sides tried to protect the children.
Investigators visited the home of one of the members, Yang, and showed her husband photos of her, which police took at the demonstration for evidence.
``I, mother of three children, participated in the rally as I wished to leave safe food and quality education to my kids, but I did not know that I would have to pay a huge cost. We mothers, carrying babies in strollers and holding candles, neither destroyed patrol buses, nor wielded steel pipes,'' Yang, 34-year-old housewife, said on portal site Daum.
From the original KT article:
Police said the probe is separate from that into three community organizers, who were summoned last September for leading the ``illegal'' protests. One of them was booked without physical detention for standing in front of demonstrators and confronting police's water cannon with her baby in a stroller, making police unable to forcibly disperse the demonstrators.
You'll remember that in the middle of last year's Mad Bull Shit, these mothers were . . . um, doing this:
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.
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.”
Last June an internet user commented:
I’m in tears. I’m touched by the desperateness of the mother who stood in front of the water canon cars with her dear child.
Protesting American beef because it could be dangerous to their families . . . by putting their babies in front of water cannons. Fail.