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Citizens Want Less-Violent Protests

Posted November. 13, 2006 07:00,   


The Samgang Oryun, a set of three principles and five moral rules set in old Korean morality, is likely to revive in an effort to eradicate the practice of violent protests in Korea.

Five organizations, including a group of parents whose children serve as combat police and riot police, along with the Liberty Union, will hold a press conference to declare their support for the three bonds and five moral rules of the Samgang Oryun, aimed at promoting a culture of peaceful demonstration, and to urge the authorities to amend the Law on Assembly and Demonstration in the morning of November 13 in the Academic Center of Paechai University in Jung-gu, Seoul.

The three principles, the Samgang, are as follows: taking the lead for implanting a new culture of peaceful demonstration; respecting the lives of other citizens at outdoor rallies; and observing related laws and regulations such as the Law on Assembly and Demonstration.

Oryun refers to five moral rules: acting in cooperation with the authorities for smooth traffic; minimizing street noise during the protest; abstaining from use of any forms of violent means; keeping the protest spot clean; and recognizing the police as a supporter for a nonviolent and successful rally.

“Recognizing that the violence in public rallies these days, including reviving old dreadful practices like gasoline bombs, is reaching an alarming level, and we will take the initiative to revise the related laws in a bid to root out the violent practices,” stated Lee Jeong-hwa, a representative of the group of parents of armed police and riot police.

They plan to call for the government to change the title of the Law on Assembly and Demonstration to ‘the Law on Peaceful Assembly and Demonstration’ and to proscribe rallies or public marches from disturbing traffic, and also demanding fines on the assemblies that deliberately disguise themselves as cultural events.