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Friday, April 16, 2004

(Elections) A bearded member of parliament!

Kang Ki-gap of DLP was elected as a proportional representative to the national assembly. The following quote is from Ohmynews:
강기갑(52) : 경남 사천에서 축산업을 하고 있으며 사천농고를 나와 1976년 가톨릭농민회 활동을 하면서 농민운동에 뛰어들어 전국농민회총연맹 부의장을 지냈다. 수염이 유명한 강 당선자는 전농의 조직적 지원으로 비례대표 6순위가 됐다. 긴 수염과 개량한복을 즐겨입으며 쌀 개방과 FTA 반대 집회현장을 주도했고 이경해씨가 자살했던 멕시코 칸쿤에서 경찰의 바리케이드를 철거하는 데 앞장서기도 했다.
Raises livestock in Sacheon, Gyeongnam; been active in Catholic Farmers' Association, was the vice president of Korean Peasants League (Chônnong/Junnong) and became a proportional candidate with the Junnong mandate; famous for his beard, likes to wear a modern hanbok (kaeryang hanbok). Has been active in resisting the opening of agricultural markets, and was breaking barricades in Cancun.

The election of a bearded person to the parliament of the Republic of Korea is a positive sign of the times. It serves correct that the person mentioned in the posting below, who adviced me to shave off my goatee beard as we were sitting at a table in a funeral party eating and drinking, did not get elected. Freedom to the facial hair! 수염을 석방하라! 아니 이게 아니고 뭐라더라...

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