|▲ Donggukians are protesting infront of Eunsuk Elementary school to go against Ilmyun sunim,s reappointment, and the police are blocking the entrance.|
/Photograph by You Eun-sun
On November 14th, the election for the 296th board of directors of Dongguk University was held at Eunseok Elementary School. At the front gate, the General Student Council held a press conference at 9 A.M, expressing their opposition to the election of Ven Ilmyun Sunim as a member of board of directors.
When students tried to enter the front gate before the press conference, the Faculty blocked them for 40 minutes. After, police officers came and joined forces to block the students. In this process, a student got a cut on his hand.
At the conference, Choi Kwang-baek, the chairperson of the GSC, burst into tears as he began his speech, “I feel ashamed to stand as a chairperson of the GSC.” He continued, “A leader who cannot feel our pain together cannot be a leader, which becomes a justification to continue this fight.”
Kim Geon-jung, the vice president of the GSC said, “I guess hunger strike is going to get longer. I am not fighting to protect a particular person but for our school. The reason why I am fighting is because this is what a student should do.”
Despite such efforts by the GSC, Ven Ilmyun Sunim and Ven Bogwang Sunim were elected as directors, and the election for the chairman of the board of directors has been postponed. Chairperson Choi mentioned, “They are being unreasonable. The GSC will not accept them as directors and will continue to fight until they resign.”
Previously, on November 3rd, the GSC conducted a joint action called “The Joint Action of University Students Suffering from Absurd Faculty.” It was held together with Kyungpook National University, Sangi University, and Cheongju University. First, they held a press conference in front of the Seoul National Assembly at 1 P.M. They asked the government to take responsibility for the problems in universities. Next, at 3 P.M., the “Cultural Festival of University Students Suffering from Absurd Faculty” was held in front of Main Hall of Dongguk University. They showed a performance that satirizes the situations in universities.
In terms of the opinions of faculty regarding the intervention of Jogye Order, Choi Ho-jin, the director of Student Affairs, said, “There is nothing we can say about the resignation of Presidents Han Tae-sik(Ven Bogwang Sunim) and Ven Ilmyun Sunim,” in a press conference held on October 15th.
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