World Ch. Schedule : TUE 22:30 KST
* Date : 2016-12-10
A sea of candles light up the streets of Gwanghwamun Square every Saturday. People have been gathering to demand the truth behind the massive influence-peddling scandal be told and to call on President Park Geun-hye to resign. These protests have been receiving attention worldwide for their peaceful but effective message that has spurred change within the political realm. We look at some of the trademarks of this recent candlelight protest and what significance it carries.
In the past, protests were commonly associated with violence, and clashes between protesters and law enforcement frequently erupted. However, a shift in the culture of protests has been noted with the turn of the century. From red roses being exchanged in Thailand during anti-government protests to mirrors held by protesters in Ukraine, the means of expression have evolved to carry more symbolism and messages of nonviolence. We sit down to discuss the transformation of protest cultures worldwide.