There were no politicians, instigators, or nuisances… Teachers who showed the ‘textbook of protests’
On the 2nd, a ‘Seoicho Teacher Memorial Rally’ was held in front 메이저사이트of the National Assembly building in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, with teachers participating. It was a large-scale rally with an estimated 200,000 attendees, according to organizers, but it was held in a calm atmosphere. There were no politicians or Korean Confederation of Trade Unions appearing at every protest site, and it was assessed that it was a three-free rally with no nuisances such as trash or violence.
The rally on this day was held in all eight lanes of the National Assembly Boulevard in front of the main gate of the National Assembly. It was the largest-scale weekend rally that has continued for seven weeks since the teacher at Seoi Elementary School in Seocho-gu, Seoul, took the extreme action. They held picket signs and demanded measures to be taken, such as ‘immediate revision of child abuse laws’ and ‘investigating the truth about Seoi Elementary School teachers.’
The rally was led by ‘People to Protect Education,’ a group formed by teachers. It was difficult to find the Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union (KTU), an affiliate of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions. Representatives Ahn Min-seok, Do Jong-hwan, and Kang Min-jeong of the Democratic Party of Korea, who are members of the National Assembly Education Committee, personally participated in the rally, but were not given time to go up to the podium and speak. The organizer said, “The main characters of the rally are frontline teachers, not politicians.”
There was no trash at the meeting place, which lasted three and a half hours. Before leaving, they collected the trash into the trash bags they had prepared in advance. A police official said, “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a rally with hundreds of thousands of people end in such an orderly manner.”