[WORD_ON_THE_WEB] 'All he does is target minorities. It’s pathetic'
Chairman of the main opposition People Power Party Lee Jun-seok continues to criticize Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination (SADD), a group that has been campaigning during commuting hours to defend their right to move freely.
Lee said on March 28 that the members of SADD are “illegally protesting with an uncivilized viewpoint that their claims will be heard only by causing maximum inconvenience to many people as possible.”
“They are holding millions of Seoul citizens’ mornings hostage, he wrote on Facebook on March 25. "This absurdity must be restrained.”
Lee's remarks have met with criticism from inside the PPP.
Kim Yea-ji, a PPP lawmaker with a visual impairment, attended a SADD protest at Gyeongbokgung Station in central Seoul on March 28.
She kneeled, saying that she feels responsible as a politician.
Former PPP lawmaker Na Kyung-won also criticized Lee on Facebook, saying “SADD’s temperamental attitude is a problem, but it’s not a dignified political response to mock and belittle their claims.”
“If you’re a politician, you should be able to understand why they’re doing this despite causing inconvenience to people. What’s the point of being a politician if you try to attack the people who protested?”
“Lee’s doing this to cause division before the local election! He should be looking for solutions as a politician, not trying to cause conflict.”
“It’s no way for a politician to act, trying to argue and lecture the people.”
“He is the soon-to-be chairman of the ruling party and all he does is target minorities and mock them. It’s pathetic.”
“Lee’s words were harsh and blunt, but it’s valid when you consider the whole picture. Why did disabled people have to protest in busy commuting hours?”
“If we aim to become a mature democratic society, the protests should also be legally carried out, harmlessly.”
BY LEE SI-YEOUNG, YOO JI-WOO [email@example.com]