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Liberal activists hold rally outside Yoon's home to protest against noisy anti-Moon rallies

Politics 17:22 June 14, 2022

SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- A liberal online media outlet staged a noisy rally in front of President Yoon Suk-yeol's home in southern Seoul on Tuesday in protest of conservative activists' repeated loud rallies outside former President Moon Jae-in's house in the southeastern city of Yangsan.

About 20 liberal activists affiliated with YouTube channel Voice of Seoul began the rally around 2 p.m. on a road across the Acrovista apartment in the Seocho district, where Yoon's private home is located, demanding the president's apology over his recent remarks about anti-Moon rallies.

Moon and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, have reportedly been suffering from loud noise and abusive language from demonstrators, mostly conservatives, since arriving at their new home in a rural village of Yangsan, 420 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on May 11 after his retirement. The Moon family and many village residents lodged complaints against some demonstrators, but police have been criticized for not aggressively responding to the controversial anti-Moon rallies.

Apparently aggravating Moon's supporters, mostly liberals, Yoon said last week that rallies in front of Moon's home should be handled in accordance with the law just like rallies outside the presidential office.

Liberal activists hold a rally in front of President Yoon Suk-yeol's private home in southern Seoul on June 14, 2022, in protest over loud rallies outside former President Moon Jae-in's home in the southeastern city of Yangsan. (Yonhap)

The Voice of Seoul protesters played loud songs or recordings of loud shouts and abusive language by anti-Moon demonstrators through large loudspeakers in front of Yoon's home. Some of them even beat "kkwaeggwari," a small brass gong used in Korean folk music.

They vowed to continue their rallies in front of Yoon's apartment 24 hours a day until anti-Moon rallies are stopped.

"President Yoon has made remarks apparently in support of demonstrators and their noise and abusive language (outside Moon's home)," Baek Eun-jong, head of Voice of Seoul, said.

"The incumbent president is supposed to play a role in resolving conflicts among the people, but he has rather shown behavior that incites such conflicts."

Voice of Seoul has previously made headlines after being sued by first lady Kim Keon-hee for broadcasting recordings of her phone conversations with one of its staffers last year.

About 20 conservative activists also held a rally outside Yoon's apartment to denounce the liberal protesters from Voice of Seoul, with some of them hurling curses at Baek.

Police issued a warning to the protesters at the scene after receiving complaints from residents in the district, saying the noise was in excess of the permissible levels.

ycm@yna.co.kr
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