Week 51 – Jessica

It has become evident to me over the last 20 months of living in South Korea, that the people hear take their freedom of speech quite seriously.  This is evidenced by the number of demonstrations we see/hear.  Let’s just say, there are a lot of them.  Saturday evening, the family and I headed out for a walk.  We could hear a demonstration going on even from in our apartment and after stepping out of the door, we saw police.  Lots and lots and lots of them.   There were units up on units, most with one man carrying a plastic flag denoting which unit it was.  Along with what must have been more than a thousand policemen, were hundreds of buses and police vehicles.  It went on and on.  Perhaps this is why I’ve never seen a disorderly protest in Korea!  In fact, sometimes they’re so orderly (with people sitting on the sidewalk in neat rows!), I wonder if it’s a demonstration at all.    Apparently, this unit got to take a break with their buddies, the 7 dwarfs.  Why are the 7 dwarfs hanging out on a street corner in Seoul?  Good question!