Mayoral Candidate Faces Harassment During Campaign Picket in Seoul
On the morning of the 28th, Kim Tae-woo, a candidate for the Gangseo-gu mayoral by-election from the People Power Party, encountered a distressing incident while picketing at Gayang Station on Line 9 of the Seoul Subway. A female citizen approached him, causing a commotion and even resorting to physical violence.
Accusations of Betrayal
During the official campaign for the Gangseo-gu mayoral by-election, set to take place on the 11th of next month, Kim Tae-woo was approached by a female citizen on his subway picket campaign site. She directed strong accusations towards him, referring to him as a traitor and questioning his integrity. Faced with continuous slander, Kim was compelled to leave the situation promptly. Unbeknownst to him, the incident was recorded and later widely shared on the Democratic Party’s YouTube channels and various online communities.
Video Documentation of the Incident
An approximately 36-second video capturing the campaign scene was uploaded to the YouTube channel Sound of Seoul between 8 and 9 am that day. Recorded at Gayang Station on Seoul Subway Line 9, the video was titled “Kim Tae-woo, the Mayoral Candidate for Gangseo-gu, Faces Harsh Criticism from Citizens.”
In the video, Kim Tae-woo can be seen campaigning outside the ticket gate, wearing a picket around his neck. Accompanied by campaign workers wearing red shirts, he politely introduces himself to an approaching female citizen and requests her support. However, instead of offering encouragement, the woman confronts him directly, questioning the appropriateness of his campaign and even using derogatory language to refer to other politicians.
Despite Kim’s attempt to defuse the situation and urge the woman to move on, she continues her verbal attack, questioning his motives and accusing him of aligning with individuals viewed unfavorably by some members of the public. Frustrated, Kim eventually decides to remove his picket and withdraw from the location.
Sharing the video on behalf of Seoul Voice, an official stated that the woman involved was simply a passing citizen and not affiliated with any political campaign or media outlet. Supporters of the Democratic Party shared the video, praising the woman’s actions as a form of “real education” and a “powerful blow” to the opposing candidate. It is important to note, however, that the person responsible for the woman’s voice in the video could potentially face legal consequences for interfering with the electoral process.
Article 104 of the Public Official Elections Act states that public speeches should not disrupt the order of proceedings or interfere with conversations. Similarly, Article 237 of the same act outlines the punishment for individuals who impede election freedom, including threatening candidates or election officers or disrupting speeches or conversations. Such offenses can result in imprisonment for up to 10 years or fines exceeding one million won.
On the morning of the 28th, a citizen approached Kim Tae-woo, the People Power Party’s Gangseo-gu mayoral by-election candidate, who was picketing at Gayang Station on Line 9 of the Seoul Subway, making a fuss and throwing a punch. /Sounds of Seoul
“Where does the traitor hang out?”
On the 28th, when the official campaign for the Gangseo-gu mayoral by-election in Seoul began on the 11th of next month, a female citizen who appeared on the subway picket campaign site of People’s Party candidate Kim Tae-woo said this to the candidate Kim. Candidate Kim quickly left the scene due to continued slander, and a video of the situation at the time is widely shared on the Democratic Party’s YouTube channels and various communities.
A short 36-second video of candidate Kim’s election campaign scene was uploaded to Sound of Seoul on YouTube around 8 to 9 am on this day at Gayang Station on Seoul Subway Line 9. The video is titled “Kim Tae-woo, the candidate for the mayor of Gangseo-gu who hears harsh criticism from citizens.”
In the video, candidate Kim is campaigning outside the ticket gate of Gayang Station, wearing a picket with a rope around his neck. Candidate Kim, who was accompanied by campaign workers wearing red shirts, said to an approaching female citizen, “This is Kim Tae-woo. “Promote greatly please,” he said, bowing his head.
However, the citizens who contacted the candidate Kim were not his supporters. After receiving her greeting, this woman said to Candidate Kim’s face, “Where can a traitor set up such shameless things, huh? “I don’t even know I’m ashamed,” she said. Sometimes they tsk tsk and click their tongue.
Candidate Kim closes his eyes tightly once and gestures with his hand to ask them to pass. However, the female citizen continued, “Do you want to lick him like that? “Do you want to be licked by Kim Geon-hee, Julie, and Gyeon like that?” he snapped. ‘Gyeong’ is an upside-down version of President Yoon Seok-yeol’s last name, ‘Yoon’, and is a derogatory term used among supporters of the Democratic Party to disparage President Yoon.
Candidate Kim approaches the woman again and says, “You must not interfere with the election campaign.” Even after hearing this, the woman said, “It’s a public activity. “It’s about talking openly about public activities,” he said. In response, Candidate Kim turns around, removes his picket, and leaves the place.
Afterwards, the woman continued to point a finger at him in the back and said, “Residents of Gangseo-gu, you should not elect someone like this,” and “Your tax dollars are being wasted.” Then he said, “Are you upset? “Go chill, Kim Tae-woo, you traitor.”
A Seoul Voice official who shared this video said, “He was a passing citizen, not a Democratic Party candidate camp official or a YouTuber.” Supporters of the Democratic Party shared this video and showed reactions such as “refreshing,” “real education,” and “real hit.” However, the actions of the person responsible for the voice in the video are crimes punishable as electoral interference.
Article 104 of the Public Official Elections Act stipulates that public speeches cannot disrupt the order of speeches or conversations or interfere with their proceedings. Article 237 of the same Act states that anyone who interferes with election freedom, such as threatening a candidate or an election officer or interfering with a speech or conversation, will be punished by imprisonment for up to 10 years or by a fine of more than 5 years. he won a million.
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