m a r k a n d e y a

Spring is in the Air

Posted by Brian on April 6, 2006

Ahh… the joys of spring in Korea… skirts are getting shorter, the harsh winter chill has said goodbye, and special interest groups have returned from their seasonal hiatus to inconvenience those around them by setting up protests smack dab in the middle of the roads of Seoul.

Case in point, my bus trip home yesterday took about twice as long as usual on account of some labor group blocking half of the road with their sit-down protest. Now, I'm usually sympathetic to labor issues, but the way Korean protestors equate causing havoc and headache for others with making a point just drives me nuts. Surely, there must be a better way of getting one's point across.

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2 Responses to “Spring is in the Air”

  1. Alex said

    Across the street from my apartment protestors have been having loud protests all winter. Now that it’s warming up, they’re out earlier and stay well into the afternoon. I can’t imagine what they’re trying to achieve as they’ve been protesting well over 5 months. If it hasn’t been resolved by now, what can they possibly be hoping to accomplish? Besides being a relatively reliable alarm clock for my lazy bones, that is…

  2. Yeah, there were a group of building contractors near my house who apparently hadn’t been paid and ended up squatting in the building for a few months. The slept in shifts in the building and had these huge silk-screen banners draped all over the place. Also had put up bars over some of the windows to prevent getting kicked out I guess. Not sure how they resolved it though.

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