Ghost Protest in Seoul 2 Favorite 


Feb 24 2016


Seoul, South Korea

Haeryun Kang reported the following for NPR on February 24, 2016:

"On the eve of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's third anniversary in office, protesters gathered in Seoul... to condemn the administration's increasing crackdown on free speech. These protesters were unlike any others Seoul has seen. They were holograms"

"The life-size hologram "ghosts" marched across a transparent screen facing an old palace gate at Gwanghwamun Square, a historic center in Seoul."

"'Promise us democracy! Promise us freedom of assembly!' the holographic figures chanted for 30 minutes, as a real crowd of more than 100 — mostly journalists and organizers — watched."

"Amnesty Korea's initial request to hold a rally — a live, human one — was rejected by the Seoul Metropolitan Police earlier this month, on the grounds that the rally would disrupt traffic. The refusal prompted Amnesty to organize the virtual gathering, filming 120 volunteers on a blue screen and encouraging citizens to upload their voices to the Amnesty website."

"Police suppression of free assembly in South Korea has drawn international concern in the past year."

"'Today's ghost protest must be the last,' Amnesty said in a statement at the hologram rally. 'Instead of a ghost protest lacking rights, we demand that real people be able to enjoy freedom of assembly. Assembly is a human right.'"

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