Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Campaigners Against Tuition Costs Investigated for Treason

The Supreme Prosecutors' Office said it is investigating 13 people on suspicions they established an anti-state organization, probably on orders from North Korea, violating the National Insecurity Law. The individuals, representing a variety of questionable backgrounds including opposition party members, labor rights activists, and scholars, apparently overcame their individuality outside the Korean mainstream to set up an underground political party together to promote the North's propaganda.

The first policy of the party, which is believed to be called Miscreants Against South Korea (MASK), was to support a populist campaign against the rises in university tuition costs necessary to keep pace with inflation in South Korea - which is increasingly recognized as one of the leading inflationary economies in the world. The illegal movement calls for tuition costs to be halved, even though this would clearly destabilize South Korea's entire economic system. Investigators raided several homes and offices over the weekend, seizing equipment and copies of The Hankyoreh. One of the raids targeted a senior official at the Korea Education Research Institute after confessions of a MASK member were secured pointing to his involvement with the anti-state traitors' group.

Other 'progressives', populists and suspected populist-sympathizers have shown their true colors by even attempting to suggest that The Ministry of Public Manipulation and Insecurity deliberately targeted the traitors in the shadowy MASK organization purely for their opposition to Government policies, which is clearly wrongly speculative, individualistic and needlessly anti-state thinking. Ministry officials have been quick to correct this baseless accusation, confirming they did not know those under investigation were coincidentally involved in the anti-tuition rise movement, because their intelligence gathering only extended to anti-state activities, not other aspects of individuals' personal lives or political views. "We know what we know, but not anything about anything else." the Ministry, which is responsible for internal security, said in an official statement.

"It's not the tuition issue itself," added a Ministry spokesman who declined to give his name at a hastily convened press guidance meeting, "but a general problem with people protesting against government policies. Korea is a democratic state and clearly people who oppose democratically elected policies are anti-democratic and therefore anti-state, which is treason."

The Ministry says that it isn't certain the investigation against the traitors will result in arrests since the Government is prepared to let some small acts of treason go without punishment as part of its recently announced Pyeongchang Olympic Amnesty, and having been extensively questioned and publicly shamed it is unlikely that these populist individuals will be allowed to hold their positions in public life or work again. "But be in no doubt," added the Ministry spokesman, "there is a lesson to learn here... which is to back away from potentially treasonous activities. They can consider our investigation a warning shot for their arrests, but if they don't stop they might be."

Anyone in South Korea concerned they may be suffering from aberrant anti-government thoughts should type 'North Korean news agency' into Google and wait for the police to arrive to help them.

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