Conservatives following President Park’s orders
This cartoon depicts South Korean President Park Geun-hye as a military leader
similar to her father, former President Park Chung-hee, directing
conservative forces to attack Catholic Priest Park Chang-shin for his
recent comments on North Korea’s 2010 shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.
Father Park’s comments have provoked a strong reaction and allowed the president to
distract from the ongoing scandal related to state institutions’
interference in last December’s presidential election.
Because of the ruling right-wing government's intrusion in the last election Father Park and many other Catholics have called on President Park, daughter of former authoritarian leader and US puppet, to resign from office. In addition Father Park has accused the present government of trying to provoke war with North Korea. In South Korea it is virtually illegal to criticize government policies and those that do face being called an agent of North Korea. This is one very effective way the right-wing keeps all criticism at bay. But increasing we are witnessing the major growth of the South Korean opposition movements and the resulting crackdown by the corporate controlled government.
The Hankyoreh reports: Father Park was a leading priest in South Korea‘s democratization
movement among farmers and citizens in the North Jeolla Province area in
the 1970s and 80s. Park was ordained in 1973 and retired last year
after 39 years of service.
Shortly after the Gwangju massacre (that killed hundreds) in June 1980, Park was a priest at Yeosan
Cathedral in North Jeolla Province. In a sermon he talked about the
truth of the Gwangju Democratization Movement and was later attacked by
five assailants late at night at his residence. He was beaten and
stabbed with metal pipes and walks with a limp to this day with the help
of a cane.