Picture of the Day: No THAAD In My Backyard

Residents block trucks to oppose THAAD deployment

Residents of Seongju County confront policemen on May 29, 2017, as they block the entry of trucks to the site picked for the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system. Five trucks tried to enter the golf course in the county, 296 kilometers south of Seoul, that will host the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) for environmental inspection but then turned back. The deployment is fiercely opposed by local residents and some civic groups and religious organizations, including Won Buddhism which provided this photo. (Yonhap)

Picture of the Day: Separate Protests

Public square divided into two

Liberal and conservative groups host two separate rallies — one calling for President Park Geun-hye’s resignation and the other against Park’s impeachment — in central Seoul on Feb. 25, 2017, as she marked the fourth anniversary of her presidency. Park was impeached in December over a massive corruption scandal centered on her close friend Choi Soon-sil. The Constitutional Court is expected to determine whether to approve the impeachment or not next month. (Yonhap)

Picture of the Day: Conservatives Protest Against Impeachment of President Park

Conservatives rally against Park's impeachment

Members of conservative groups take part in a rally in areas around Seoul City Hall on Feb. 25, 2017, the fourth anniversary of President Park Geun-hye’s inauguration, to urge the Constitutional Court to dismiss the impeachment. Park was impeached in December over a massive corruption scandal centered on her close friend Choi Soon-sil. The court is expected to determine whether to approve the impeachment or not next month. (Yonhap)

Picture of the Day: Activists Protest Takeshima Day

Criticizing 'Takeshima Day'

Council members of South Korea’s Gyeonggi provincial government hold a rally to criticize “Takeshima Day” in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Feb. 22, 2017. The Shimane prefectural government enacted Takeshima Day on Feb. 22, 2005, and lays claim to South Korea’s easternmost Dokdo Islets, known as “Takeshima” in Japan. (Yonhap)

Pro-Park Activists Wave US and Israeli Flags During Protest

It does seem pretty weird that the pro-Park protesters are waving US and Israelis flags which have absolutely nothing to do with the corruption scandal that caused her impeachment:

Controversy is brewing over the use of U.S. and Israeli flags by supporters of the impeached President Park Geun-hye during their weekend rallies that have nothing to do with the countries.

Right-wing groups have organized these rallies to counter much-larger demonstrations demanding Park’s removal from power by the Constitutional Court.

Pro-Park counterprotesters have waved the Korean national flag, or Taegeukgi, at the rallies, which they call “Taegeukgi rallies” themselves. Lately, they have also been bringing U.S. and Israeli flags to the political events.

The participants claim it is a way to show their “patriotism,” but criticism is prevalent that the flags are being misused.

Several protesters, who are mainly in their 60s or older, have been waving the Korean and U.S. flags together in a bid to underscore the Korea-U.S. security alliance against “North Korean sympathizers.”

Some others, who call themselves devout churchgoers, have brought the Israeli flag with a wooden cross and other symbols they think can represent their faith.

But critics said Monday that such expressions may only stir up misunderstandings toward the U.S and Israel as well as Christianity.

The U.S. and Israeli embassies in Seoul were not available for comment.  [Korea Times]

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Picture of the Day: Protester Gather In Seoul to Demand President Park’s Ouster

People gather at Gwanhwamun Plaza for protest

The Gwanghwamun Plaza in central Seoul starts to fill with protesters on Feb. 4, 2017, who are calling for a swift decision by the Constitutional Court on whether to permanently unseat President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached by the National Assembly on Dec. 9, 2016. (Yonhap)

Picture of the Day: Protesters Rally In Front of President Park’s Home

Urging raid of Park's private home

Members of the Labor Party hold a rally in front of President Park Geun-hye’s private house in southern Seoul on Jan. 16, 2017, to call on the special prosecutor team to raid it as part of an investigation into Park’s alleged involvement in a corruption scandal that led to her impeachment. (Yonhap)