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Victims of Police Brutality in Candle Light Protests Have No Where to Turn to
By Grace Kim
Staff Reporter
A female protest is bleeding after being brutally wounded by a riot police during the candle light vigil held recently in downtown Seoul, South Korea.

While the investigation and punishments over the candle light demonstrators are under progress, the victims of police's suppression have not been investigated at all, according to a local daily Hankyoreh.

Hankyoreh reported on July 25, 2008 that tens of victims from suppression of the candle light demonstration were able to accuse several high-ranking police officers on June 19, 2008 and July 2, 2008 with the help from the Lawyers for a Democratic Society.

The prosecutor immediately turned over the case to the Jongno Police Station in Seoul and it is currently under the investigation. However, according to Hankyoreh's coverage of the case, the police have not even started to investigate the accuser.

The disciplinary punishments toward the police who had trampled the coed during the candle light suppression and several other officers were the only action that the police took until now.

The spokesperson of the police said that the police have asked for the investigation to 40 accusers of this case but accusers rejected to help. "Investigation is taking time due to accusers' noncooperation and it is nothing to do with police official's will," spokesperson said.

Jang, who injured her arm from police's trample, said that she has not received a single phone call from the police. She is still in the hospital.

Joh, whose finger tip was cut out while confronting the police, and Jung, who injured his head by police's truncheon, both said that they have not got a report for the investigation although they made an accusation on July 2, 2007.

On the other hand, the investigation of over 1,000 candle light demonstrators is dispatched at a full gallop.

Lee who was arrested while flourishing the iron pipe on July 8, 2008 was sentenced to one year and six months of imprisonment during the first trial on July 18, 2008. There are currently 13 people who was placed under restraint due to violence and violation of the current law regarding assembly and protest.


Courtesy of KukiNews



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Grace Kim serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. Born in Connecticut in the US, she grew up both in S. Korea and in the US. She studied political science and sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Perfect bilingual Grace covers political and foreign communities. Her hobbies include jogging and swimming.

 

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