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Lawmakers Move To Restrict Use Of Taegeukgi

By March 2, 2017 at 6:53 am
Lawmakers to make bill about restriction of flag use (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

With the celebration of the Mar. 1 Independence Movement Day, South Koreans hold the Taegeukgi, also known as the national flag of Korea, to commemorate Korea's independence from Japanese colonial rule in 1919. Along with this, though, comes growing concerns about the "misuse" of the flag.

Placing the Taegeukgi at home or waving it in the streets are ways to celebrate the Independence Movement Day. It is also used to express one's love for the country. However, the majority of South Koreans hesitated to do so on Wednesday because the national flag has become a symbol used by conservative citizens to protest against President Park Geun-Hye's impeachment.

Last month, job portal site Incruit and Dooit Survey conducted a survey which found that more than 40 percent of 2,702 respondents said that they were reluctant to raise the flag at their homes on Mar. 1. The poll further found that 42 percent of the respondents felt uncomfortable upon seeing the Taegeukgi.

Rep. Kwon Eun-hee of the People's Party has said that she would propose a revision bill to stop the inappropriate use of the national flag. The current act that protects the Taegeukgi, which was enacted in 2007, restricts the flag from being used in a way that damages it or causes it a sense of revulsion.

Last Feb. 25, thousands of South Koreans gathered for a candlelight rally to urge President Park to step down from her role. It was estimated that about 1 million people joined the rally as of 8 p.m. in Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square.

The rally was peaceful. Protesters used songs and speeches to urge her to quit. Saturday was the fourth anniversary of President Park's inauguration.

The rally concluded as protesters, with some holding large flaming torches, marched toward the presidential office.

Back in December, President Park was impeached by parliament and was stripped of her powers. The decision of the Constitutional Court about whether to uphold her impeachment is still pending.

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