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GNP Continues to Rally Against the Private School Law Revision

GNP Continues to Rally Against the Private School Law Revision

Posted December. 15, 2005 08:59,   


The main opposition Grand National Party (GNP) held a rally against the ruling Uri Party’s railroading of the revision on the Private School Law for the second consecutive day, insisting on the nullification of the bill.

The GNP staged a protest in front of the Gangnam Express Bus Terminal square in Seoul at 11:30 a.m. yesterday, with Chairwoman Park Geun-hye, its 60 representatives and about 200 officials in attendance.

During the rally, Park criticized the ruling party, saying, “The ruling Uri Party completely ignored the bill on private schools drawn up by the GNP containing measures for protecting against corruption,” adding, “The Uri Party’s goal is to change the power structure in private schools and instill specific ideologies into students by handing over private schools management to the Korean Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union, rather than eliminating corruption.”

After ending the protest, the GNP distributed printed materials aimed at publicizing that the ruling Uri Party’s railroading of the bill was undue to citizens who get on and off express buses and owners of shops within the terminal. On the heels of that, a total of about 200 officials, including its floor leader Kang Jae-sup and representatives, staged a protest against the bill in front of the Migliore building, a shopping center in Dongdaemun, Seoul, at 5:00 p.m.

Earlier, during a general meeting attended by GNP lawmakers held at the National Assembly at 10:00 a.m. on the same day, the GNP leadership strongly encouraged its lawmakers to hold a rally outside the National Assembly.

Citing the ancient Chinese King Kang Hee Je’s dying wish, floor leader Kang insisted, “The GNP should go forward without taking care of things around us and looking back upon the past. No matter how cold the weather and the public’s responses are, the GNP should go without considering them.”

Dong-Yong Min mindy@donga.com