Vox Populi

I was in Seoul for a friend's birthday party when tens of thousands of the republic’s citizens marched in protest in Gangnam, the fashionable district of Seoul. There were demonstrators both for and against President Park Geun-hye to be ousted from office for her alleged role in the corruption scandal that had gripped Korea for several months.

"The Lady in Question".  Tens of thousands of the republic's citizens marching in protest in Gangnam, the fashionable district of Seoul. There were demonstrators both for and against President Park Geun-hye to be ousted from office for her alleged role in the corruption scandal that had gripped Korea for several months. Seoul, South Korea. January 2017. © Jon She. Leica M-P (Typ 240), Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH (FLE).

"The Music of Protest".  A Korean gentleman plays his accordion to voice his protest, in a peaceful demonstration attended by tens of thousands of the republic's citizens in Gangnam, the fashionable district of Seoul. Seoul, South Korea. January 2017. © Jon She. Leica M-P (Typ 240), Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH (FLE).

“The Conductor”.  A military officer coordinates and encourages protestors, in a peaceful demonstration attended by tens of thousands of the republic’s citizens in Gangnam, the fashionable district of Seoul.  There were demonstrators both for and against President Park Geun-hye to be ousted from office for her alleged role in the corruption scandal that had gripped South Korea for months.  Seoul, South Korea.  January 2017. © Jon She. Leica Q (Typ 116), Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (FLE).

“We’re All In This Together”. Soldiers, priests, and academicians marched shoulder-to-shoulder, in a peaceful demonstration attended by tens of thousands of the republic’s citizens in Gangnam, the fashionable district of Seoul.  There were demonstrators both for and against President Park Geun-hye to be ousted from office for her alleged role in a corruption scandal.  Seoul, South Korea.  January 2017. © Jon She. Leica Q (Typ 116), Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (FLE).

“Caricatures of Protest”. Demonstrators dress in caricatures of allegedly corrupt officials during a mass rally to both call for and against President Park to be ousted from office for her alleged role in a corruption scandal.  Seoul, South Korea.  January 2017. © Jon She. Leica Q (Typ 116), Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (FLE).

“The Contrarian”.  A supporter of President Park Geun-hye declares his position, in a peaceful demonstration attended by tens of thousands of the republic’s citizens in Gangnam, the fashionable district of Seoul.  There were demonstrators both for and against President Park to be ousted from office for her alleged role in a corruption scandal.  Seoul, South Korea. January 2017. © Jon She. Leica Q (Typ 116), Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (FLE).

“Truth and Stay”. Another image from mass demonstrations in Seoul Korea when tens of thousands attended peaceful protests to either call for, or against, President Park's impeachment for her alleged role in the corruption scandal that had gripped Korea for months.  The importance that Koreans attribute to their relationship with the USA can be seen in the number of demonstrators also calling for the US military troops to stay in the peninsula. Seoul, South Korea.  January 2017. © Jon She. Leica Q (Typ 116), Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (FLE).

“What'cha Looking At?”.  Tens of thousands of the republic’s citizens attended peaceful protests to either call for, or against, President Park to be ousted from office for her alleged role in a corruption scandal that had gripped Korea for months.  The importance that Koreans attribute to their relationship with the USA can be seen in the number of US flags carried, alongside the Korean one.  Seoul, South Korea.  January 2017. © Jon She. Leica Q (Typ 116), Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (FLE).

“Gangnam Carnivale (1)”. Peaceful demonstrations appear to take the place of a festive Carnivale in Seoul. Seoul, South Korea.  January 2017. © Jon She. Leica Q (Typ 116), Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (FLE).

“Gangnam Carnivale (2)”. Peaceful demonstrations appear to take the place of a festive Carnivale in Seoul. Seoul, South Korea.  January 2017. © Jon She. Leica Q (Typ 116), Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (FLE).

“Gangnam Carnivale (3)”. Peaceful demonstrations appear to take the place of a festive Carnivale in Seoul. Seoul, South Korea.  January 2017. © Jon She. Leica Q (Typ 116), Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH (FLE).