To all liberal democratic citizens, Today, October 9th, is Korea’s “Hangeul Day”. Unprecedentedly, the founding date and the founder of Hangeul, the official language of Korea, is clear. On this celebratory holiday, a minimum of 1,000,000 Korean citizens are expected to gather in Seoul for a major protest. The protest will proceed the one of October 3rd, which had the most participants after Korea’s founding. On the 3rd, countless people gathered to protest with the slogan that represent their clear and simple demands: Cho Guk’s imprisonment and the resignation of Moon Jae-in. Similarly, today, hundreds of thousands of citizens are coming together at Gwanghwamum to restate their slogan. I have participated in numerous demonstrations and strikes organized by liberal democratic citizens and the conservative party of Korea, including the ones of August 15th, and October 3rd. The stories told by protestors summarize mainly into two ideas: 1. The double standard, hypocrisy, and the self-righteousness of the left-wing government make them shudder. This idea is concentrated with the demand for ‘Cho Guk’s imprisonment’ Until now, the left-wing party and Moon Jae-in has been continuously using words such as righteous and justice. However, through their handling of Cho Guk scandal, the left wings who have been dominating such positive words unveiled their inequalities and unjustness. They are using bigger lies to hide smaller lies. Numerous left-wing personages, writers, broadcasters, and politicians, including Moon Jae-in are being pulled into the black hole called Cho Guk to save him. Moon Jae-in, as president of Korea, had two opportunities to prevent the growth of this scandal. 1. when he appointed Cho Guk but was challenged with overwhelming negativity and criticism.
2. when he proceeded with the National Assembly hearing despite complications, but was faced with even bigger criticism and negativity. Moon Jae-in, at those times, had the opportunity to clear up the scandal by withdrawing Cho Guk.
Yet he did the complete opposite: the enforced appointment of Cho Guk.. Since the moment Moon Jae-in appointed Cho Guk despite those heavy criticisms, the scandal was not ‘Cho Guk scandal’, but ‘Moon Jae-in and Cho Guk scandal’. Moon Jae-in had another opportunity right after the protest of October 3rd, after the appointment of Cho Guk. Protestors’ demand for Cho Guk’s imprisonment and the resignation of Moon Jae-in echoed the entire night at the protest with the highest number of participants after the founding of Korea. If Moon Jae-in was to pretend to proceed with the promises he made before he was elected as president, which was to stand in front of the citizens for discussions if his resignation was called for, and if he then withdrew Cho Guk to obey the orders of citizens, the protests and the strikes could have stopped then. However, Moon Jae-in did the opposite again: he threatened the prosecution. Ignoring the countless protestors, Moon Jae-in defines the public sentiment with the few hundreds of people who gathered in Seocho-dong to threaten the prosecution, and worsened the situation by denying the National Schism. Now, this scandal cannot be retrieved. Even if Cho Guk resigns, it will be considered as of minimal importance, and the public will continue to be upset. There is another story that the protestors told: the economy is failing. The public welfare is failing. After Moon Jae-in came into power, the Korean economy came to face serious economic problems.orward with ‘income-driven growth’ Left wing populism was apparent for the last 2 years or so. Moon Jae-in implemented “income-led growth”, an idea not even presented in economy textbooks. To do this, the government enforced the increase of the minimum wage and 52hr legislation at a level the Korean economy was unable to handle. During this process, for the last 2 years, countless businesses closed down, and many youth who relyed on part-time jobs, lost such jobs. With the exception of few groups: Union member of Korean Cederation of Trade Union, regular permanent jobs, those who benefitted by receiving cash after being shortly employed, Moon Jae-in’s left-wing government’s populist policies left every citizen, every firm, every participant in the Korean economy in misery. Now, the economic crisis and the breakdown of public welfare felt by Korean citizens is, in absolute terms, caused by the faulty economic policies of Moon Jae-in. However, Moon Jae-in’s perspective regarding this matter was presented during yesterday’s Cabinet meeting: the Korean economy is struggling, but this is because of the intensified international trade conflict and the decreased stimulation of international economy. Dear international citizens,
It is widely accepted that Japan and the US has been privileged with large economic expansions by using firm-oriented policies. The direct cause of Korean economy’s collapse and social welfare breakdown is not the international economy, but Moon Jae-in’s wrongful economic policies. Yet, during yesterday’s conference, Moon Jae-in did not acknowledge his faulty policies, but blamed the international economic struggles for causing the economic downfall of Korea In order to prescribe well-suited solutions, there is a need for a correct diagnostics. It is crucial to diagnose economic problems and the breakdown of social welfare in Korea as being caused by Moon Jae-in’s wrongful economic policies, and left wing populism, in order to be able to stop such populism, to stop the income-led growth, freezing of the minimum wage, and to stop the mechanical implementation of 52hr policy. Then it becomes appropriate to consider the possible mitigations and responses towards the challenges of international economy. However, the Moon Jae-in blamed the international economy for current economic problems, not mentioning his wrongful economic policies and left-wing populism In other words, he is reaffirming his stance, that he would continue with his wrongful economic policies and left-wing populism with minimal adjustments. If this happens, there will be an even higher economic crisis and social welfare breakdown. In this case, even if Cho Guk resigns, the liberal democrats will gather again at Gwanghwamun and demand the overthrow of Moon Jae-in. Dear liberal democrats,
I hope you understand the meaning of the protests with thousands of participants that are taking place here, at Gwanghwamun. This is the declaration of Korean people’s outcry of their right to life, and their right to resistance against Moon Jae-in’s tyranny of the last 2 years. I insist your support and international solidarity as liberal democrats for the protests and the rightful demands of the Korean liberal democrats. Gwanghwamun Rally and the People’s Demonstration
Call for international solidarity and support. Thank you.