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[CARD NEWS] When they go Low, We go High

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Nov 03,2016
When they go Low, We go High
"The Republic of Korea is a democratic nation. Please resign."



1) Suspicions of influence behind the scenes turned out to be true.
‘The most unprecedented political scandal of all time’
“Choi Soon-sil causes the nation to panic. President apologizes.”

2) The media has been reporting a stream of unbelievable news.
Breaking news about the so-called “Choi Soon-sil gate” is churned out every day.

3) Korean citizens have to endure the staggering shock caused by Choi-gate.

4) People expressed their extreme anger on social media.
“Come out, Choi Soon-sil”
“Resign, Park Geun-hye”
‘Resign’ and ‘impeachment’ were among the most-searched words on portal websites.

5) Their expressions of anger went beyond online platforms, leading to an offline movement.
On Oct. 29, 6 p.m., people filed at the Cheonggye Square holding candles.

6) An estimated 20,000 people have gathered.
“The biggest demonstration since the 2008 U.S. beef import situation”
People who took part in the candlelight street rally varied in age, gender and background.

7) “Let’s get together!” “Let’s express our rages!” “Resign, Park Geun-hye!”
“I cannot let my children live in a country like this.”
“The national system has been destroyed.”
“Age does not matter in demonstrating.”

8) But some people had worries prior to the demonstration.
“What if violence breaks out between police and the protesters?”

9) The protesters, however, acted differently from the past when they were stopped by a police line near the Statue of King Sejong in Gwanghwamun Square, central Seoul.

10)
“It was too rational, almost rather fearful. They were just common citizen as usual.”
- Quote from an editorial from the JoongAng Ilbo
“Give back the shield to the police.”
When one of the protesters took a shield away from a police officer, many demonstrators around him told him to return it.

11) People prevented physical collisions with police, taking care of each other.
“Let’s make it a peaceful demonstration. Please do not tussle.”
They also cleaned up around the place they stayed.
“Please pick up the trash.”

12) What the people attempted, by demonstrating a mature sense of citizenship, was their true voice being heard. They could not be portrayed as violent or irrational protesters.

13) Thanks to their mature citizenship, the demonstration ended without any injuries or conflict. The police issued a statement thanking rally participants for rationally cooperating with the police the next day, which is a rare move from the authorities.

14)
“How this frustration weighs heavily upon our hearts, in this era of loss, the era of Soon-sil.”
- Quote from an anchor briefing of JTBC Newsroom
“Strange happenings beyond the limits of common sense”
“Voices urging the normalization of this bizarre situation”

15)
“When they go low, we go high”
- Quote from a Michelle Obama speech
The citizen who worked to seek a sense of sanity among this state of nonsense showed high dignity while our democracy is in a low state.

16) First Amendment of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea
Article 1: The republic of Korea is a democratic republic.
Article 2: Sovereign power resides with the people and all power comes from the people.
The candles lit during the demonstration are not likely to be blown out.




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