Thousands of pro-Park Geun-hye protesters gathered in Gwanghwamun Plaza in the center of Seoul on the March 1st Movement day of Korea to “save South Korea from communism”.
The demonstration, ostensibly, was against the impeachment by the Constitutional Court of disgraced President Park, and the majority of the crowd were elderly and male, with protesters using loudspeakers to play South Korean military songs such as “Torch of anti-communism” along with other right-wing chants and slogans.
U.S. and South Korea’s national Taegeukgi flag covered the center of South Korea’s capital, with protesters veering from impassioned denunciations of communism and renditions of South Korea’s national anthem to mass prayers and cries of “Hallelujah!”.
NK News interviewed four pro-Park protesters to see what they thought about North Korea, Moon Jae-in, Park Geun-hye, and the U.S. government.
FIGHT AGAINST COMMUNISM AND PYONGYANG
South Korea is on the verge of becoming like Vietnam in 1975 – the year of the fall of Saigon – one protester claimed.
“It is even worse than the moment before Vietnam fell into the communist grips!” Park Seung-hak said. “The opposition parties and all of the NGOs are leaned towards the extreme-left, and they follow North Korea and Juche ideology as well. It is deadly serious, and we are about to become a communist state!”
North Korea’s only goal is to conquer South Korea with sheer force, he said, and in his eyes the opposition parties and left-wing supporters want to turn South Korea into the “Republic of Communist Korea.”
“Candlelight protesters are witch-hunting-people’s-court-running-agitators, so don’t listen to them.”
Another protester, in ROK military uniform along with his former army buddies, said anti-Park protesters were “infested with communism.”
“Moon Jae-in, that guy, has a lot of communistic way of thinking in his head,” Ohm Hong-sik, a former member of the ROK Marine Corps said, referring to South Korea’s leading Presidential candidate. “He even mentioned that he would invite Kim Jong Un to his inauguration.”
Moon Jae-in has, as far as NK News can tell, not said he would invite Kim Jong Un to his inauguration.
“What a crazy bastard,” he said, referring to an interview with Moon last year when he said that, if elected, he would visit the North before visiting the U.S.
One protester, who said had come all the way from Jeju Island to participate in today’s mass rally, held a banner with Kim Il Sung’s face on.
“Kim Il Sung, this man, eradicated millions of Korean lives and turned the whole peninsula into the ash. And guess what? His relatives are buried in the South Korean national cemetery, and I am here to protest against that,” Im Jung-bum said.
Im was referring to a scandal last year in South Korea, when media discovered that the Ministry of Patriots-Veterans had awarded two of Kim Il Sung’s relatives with Orders of Merit for National Foundation, one of the South Korean government’s highest accolades.
Such a scandalous incident only happened because of the communist infiltration of the South Korean government, Im claimed, adding that there could be up to three million “red” cells in South Korea conspiring to elect Moon Jae-in as the next president.
“Kim Il Sung in the past said he planted 3000 party members inside South Korea,” Im insisted. “During ten years of liberal government, I think the number could have gone up to three million, and the number can double if Moon wins the next presidency.”
DIFFERING OPINIONS ON PARK
But not all the protesters were “pro-Park” Ohm Hong-sik said, as some of them, including himself, had mixed feelings about the President.
“Honestly, we are not here because we favor Park Geun-hye,” Ohm said, calling her “bullshit.”
“She is a such a loser, and I am not interested in her… But I am here to stop Moon from becoming the next president.”
But one protester, who wore a Park Geun-hye cape around his neck, said he is absolutely for her and her father, Park Chung-hee, a former president frequently described as a dictator for the large-scale human rights abuses which took place under his rule.
“He is who I respect the most among all of the South Korean presidents,” Park Heon-in told NK News, pointing at a flag with President Park Chung-hee’s face printed on.
Park participated today’s protest to stand against candlelight protesters, who in his eyes represented nothing but “lawlessness” and “tyrannical democracy”.
“What we need is law and stability right now,” Park said.
“She is not married; she does not have children, she has absolutely no wicked motives and is the most clean-handed president we ever had,” Im Jung-bum said.
“Park, unfortunately, had corrupt advisers working for her. Her life and her goal were only for the country, and the country only.”
While the crowd was full of Taegeukgi, American flags could be seen in the hands of almost all the protesters. When asked why they carried them, protesters said they are thankful for America, and said that everyone should show respect by waving its flag.
“Oh, we love Trump!” Ohm Hong-sik said. “We (the protesters) are Christians, he is Christian, and he hates Islam, so we all love him!” adding that everyone with Taegeukgi in their hands would welcome the U.S., unlike the “communists” on the other side.
“We the older generation know to thank the U.S. for the sacrifices it made during Korean War,” Park Seung-hak said, also thanking the U.S. Forces Korea.
“The younger generations should also learn to thank America, the country that saved the South from the communist grip during the war.”
Park Heon-in said the U.S. would reinstate stability and security, while Im Jung-bum said he is pro-THAAD, the U.S. made missile defense system that is to be deployed sometime this year in South Korea.
“One should know how to thank the U.S. for defending us… those young brats in their 30s and 40s know nothing about the American sacrifice for this country. I don’t understand anti-THAAD people, who I think are part of the rebellious cells.”
JH Ahn and Oliver Hotham wrote this article.
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