Violence of a Nation
The South Korean Police fired water cannons at the protesters marching peacefully toward the Gwanghwamun Square on November 14, 2015. Mr. Baek, Nam-kee, a farmer, was knocked unconscious by the water cannon. The citizen’s peaceful march was blocked by the police force’s suppression. Citizens stopped their march blocked by the bus barricade.
The Constitutional Court in Korea reached a decision in June 2011 that setting up the barricades of buses is a violation of the constitution based upon the judgment that it is an extreme measure and infringes the general right to freedom of action. Yet, the police ordered the demonstrators to disperse and turned water cannons on them from behind the bus barricade.
The water pressure of the cannons got higher and higher. Blasting water cannon continued even after a person fell down after getting directly hit by it on this head, and when other people tried to rescue him. If they tried to escape from it, it followed them relentlessly and made an indiscriminate attacks on them. Water cannons were aimed at the demonstrators and followed.
The case of Mr. Baek was that water cannons continued to blast as if they were aimed at people and at some point, one of them was turned to a farmer protester, Mr. Baek. Even after he fell down, the police didn’t stop firing the water cannons.
Later that night, Mr. Beak was transported to a nearby ER. He went through a five-hour long operation. But, he could not regain his consciousness since then till now. There were barrage of criticism over police brutality by putting up barricades of buses to stop peaceful rally and blasting water cannons directly at rally participants and leaving a citizen in a coma fighting for his life.