The Democracy Of South Korea Essay

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Protests and uprisings are quite familiar in many democratized countries. It is the ability of the people of that country to express their disapproval and make their voices heard on certain topics. For example, in the state of Wisconsin there were protests for several days when the governor cut funding and removed unions under his Act 10 law. Even though this caused thousands of people flocking to the capital of Wisconsin it is nothing compared to the protests of South Korea in and around the 1960 elections that would later be named the Minjung movement. At the point of the 1960 election the freedom and democracy of South Korea was at stake. Thankfully, due to South Korea’s strong protest culture and the unification of the Minjung movement South Korea was able to merge their country into democratization for good. The democracy of South Korea finds its footing during the beginning of Park Chung Hee’s political authority as their president. The people of Korea elected Park as their president, they voted in their legislative and national assemblymen in order to achieve a checks and balances in their government, which was in place to assure the guarantee of their human rights. All of which were taking place during the 1960s. With that said, South Korea was not a perfect model of democracy, as Ogle explains, “There has always been a strong stream of authoritarianism”(85). Even though the leadership still remained authoritarian not far below the surface the footholds for a…

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