In Seoul, I turned out to be an unwilling witness to the riots related to impeachment to the country’s president, Ms. Pak Kun Hyo.
I noticed one detail. During the clashes between the demonstrators and the police, many people in police uniforms filmed each incident, each scuffle, on the cameras. It was unusual to see this. Usually our police officers, like the devil of incense, are afraid of cameras and publicity in general. They very nervously rush with their fists on any person who shoots them on performance. Even if this journalist does his job.
I thought why their police’s attitude is so strikingly different from ours. I found an explanation in only one. Their police officers are honestly doing their duty. They arrest only apparently aggressively inclined protesters, throwing stones, beating sticks of police officers turning over cars. That is, they protect their citizens from hooligans. Therefore, their work is legal, open and not shameful. The police do not hide, but on the contrary, they want to have the rights to legitimacy of their actions, that is why several colleagues are singled out specially for filming.
Meanwhile, we have very different situation. The police officers at the rallies apparently understand that their actions are inherently illegal or immoral. Therefore, when they disperse rallies, they grab defenseless women with banners, beat unarmed people with clubs; they do not allow themselves to be taken on cameras. As if they are ashamed of something or are afraid. How else to explain their panic fear of cameras? Maybe, is it the fear of irrefutable evidence on future trials of them?