[Letters] Can civil disobedience be justified?

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[Letters] Can civil disobedience be justified?

The reason for the increasing number of anti government rallies in Korea over the past several years is the Lee Myung-bak administration’s poor public relations. It does not know how to communicate. The result is a growing distrust of the government.

People started to get together to gather public opinions that have been ignored by the ruling GNP and the government. But if the protesters overuse their power and deny national authority, we cannot say this country is ruled by law. Even though a rally may have moral justifications, it could end up confusing the situation.

Protesters should realize that illegal rallies are not the best way to reach an agreement. Continuous and civil debate is obviously a better way. If the protesters push their opinions by holding more and more illegal rallies, they are no different from the ruling GNP members who rammed the bill through the National Assembly or the opposition Democratic Party last year.

Lee You-jin, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
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