South Korean policemen block protesters during an anti-government rally in downtown Seoul on October 9. Photo: EPA-EFE
Donald Kirk
Opinion

Opinion

Donald Kirk

South Korea’s conservative protesters, like Britain’s Brexiteers, reject rule by doctrinaire leftists

  • The resounding success of the Tories in Britain has its echoes in Seoul, where hundreds of thousands rebel against Moon
  • The two situations have differences, but in both the middle and working classes have grown weary of out-of-touch leftists

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South Korean policemen block protesters during an anti-government rally in downtown Seoul on October 9. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.