[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]No tolerance for violent protestsThe Nov. 11 article “Slingshots used in Seoul rally for 1st time” showed that demonstrations in Korea have reached a fatal limit. People in Korea, as well as around the world, do not understand the seriousness of holding illegal strikes.
Illegal strikes are not pleasing to see and, if practiced frequently, ruin the country’s reputation. Also, protesters’ use of lethal hunting equipment to supplement their arguments is unacceptable.
The police should not tolerate such dangerous strikes. They should completely suppress the illegal strikers by using rubber bullets or water cannon, as do many other police forces around the world. Even though this may sound violent and cruel, without these methods the police will not be effective.
As for the particular case discussed in the article, the Seoul police should thoroughly investigate the event, find the instigators and heavily punish them to set an example of what using dangerous weapons of any kind is like.
by John Yoo