Yonsei University’s General Student Council Collabo finally spoke up officially on Oct. 28, 2016 about the ongoing controversy on the current state affairs. Holding its first press conference for the denouncement of President Park Geun-hye, Collabo announced its official stance about the recently disclosed governmental scandal. Recently, major broadcasters have revealed the disturbing reality of how the unelected Choi Soon-sil has been influencing President Park and governing the state behind the scenes, exploiting her friendship with the President. This incident, also known as the Choi Soon-sil Gate, is being widely criticized by citizens as an enormous breach of the democratic system of the country.
Collabo harshly criticized the Choi Soon-sil Gate, lamenting the corrupted democratic system. Prior to the press conference, Collabo collected the opinions of Yonsei University students on how they should approach this national crisis. Park Hye-soo (President, Collabo) apologized for the delay in making this denouncement, stating that the work of gathering opinions of the entire student body has not been easy but definitely necessary to demonstrate the true democratic system that is currently lacking in the South Korean state.
Collabo’s statement demanded a just investigation and disclosure of the truth, as well as necessary penalization of the involved parties and putting an end to this unlawfulness. During the conference, the Presidents of the College of Medicine and College of Social Science declared their opinions, followed by two students from the audience who each delivered a short speech. A student from the College of Education Science criticized that the declaration from Collabo lacked a substantial demand to how the government should act. To this, President Park Hye-soo responded that assembling the opinions of thousands of students into one reasonable claim had been near impossible.
By Kim Yeon-seung
Photographed by Kim Yu-jin