Posters criticizing President Moon Jae-in’s policies have been found in colleges around the country, sparking a police investigation. The identical sets of posters were found at 29 universities and a high school as of Monday, according to media reports.
One poster titled “A Letter to South Korean Students” included a letter claimed to have been written by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Another poster titled “Let’s Overthrow South Korea’s Regime” was placed next to it.
The posters criticize the Moon administration, including its income-led growth policy, plan to phase out nuclear power plants and policy toward North Korea.
In a poster titled “Let’s Overthrow South Korea’s Regime,” a group called “The National Council of Student Representatives” urged people to come and join a candlelight vigil Saturday at Hyehwa Station in Seoul.
The NCSR is an organization that led the student movement in the 1980s, but the group that claims to have made the posters is not related to the original organization, its spokesperson Kim Jung-sik told The Korea Herald on Monday.
“Most of the members are young people in their 20s and 30s. We prepared the poster attaching the event nationwide to show our deep frustration with the Moon administration,” Kim said.
According to Kim, the group borrowed the name of the NCSR and North Korean leader Kim for a satire, while the posters were created for April Fools’ Day to garner attention.
Some 100 members gather online and offline, and communicate with each other via email and mobile messenger app Telegram.
“Some local media outlets have described our group as a conservative organization, but the members don’t really lean toward any political orientation. We just wanted to raise our voice against the government’s policies in a fresh way,” Kim added.
The group had posted similar satirical posters at some 100 universities in December 2018.
The group plans to post the latest posters at some 450 schools and to share updates via its Facebook page in real time. As of Monday afternoon, the group said they had put up 10,000 posters.
Meanwhile, police are reportedly collecting the posters and investigating the people who posted them, as the posters could be in violation of the national security law.
Kim, however, said that it would be against the freedom of expression if they are punished for the posters.
By Park Ju-young (firstname.lastname@example.org)