A loudhailer was making a strange noise somewhere. The noise raised my curiosity. I chased the sound. Its origin was Chung-gu Office near Dongguk University. A few people where gathered in front of the Chung-gu Office. They had been demonstrating since early February.
"Why are you demonstrating here?"
"We were merchants of Euljiro 1-ga commercial quarter. But now, we are unemployed. After Chung-gu permitted a big business tower to be built in the area, we lost our livelihood. Moreover, they didn't give us any compensation. Now, we are just the residents of an evacuated area, I don't have a place to return."
Developing Seoul has been everyone's dream. So, someone might call them "egoistic fools." They also agree with the importance of developing. But they are facing a survival situation. They only want a livelihood.
Seeing this case, I realized the downside of urban development. If the administrative organ paid attention to the needs of these people, they wouldn't be so quick to blindly support development.
Kim Hyun-ah firstname.lastname@example.org
<저작권자 © 동국포스트, 무단 전재 및 재배포 금지>