Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Buddhist Monk Burns Himself to Death in His Protest

Munsu sunim, a Buddhist monk and Zen Master burned himself to death in the afternoon of May 31, 2010, in his protest against the Four Rivers Restoration Project of South Korea.

It is his own will written by his hand. It says "Lee Myung-bak administration should stop and scrap the Four Rivers Project. Lee administration should eradicate corruption. Lee administration should try its best to support ordinary, poor and underprivileged people instead of chaebols and rich people."

In South Korea, the government is pushing ahead with the Four Rivers Project which is building more than 20 new dams and to dredge 570 million cubic meters of sand and gravel from riverbeds and riverine wetlands in the name of 'River Restoration'. The project is faced with strong opposition from local environmental groups, religious leaders and opposition parties, but the Lee administration is not willing to listen to voices of various concerns.
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2 comments:

Chong Go Sunim said...
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Chong Go Sunim said...

Of all the monks and nuns I know in Korea, no one thinks this was a good or admirable idea. The Four Rivers Project is certainly a bad idea, but there are lots of other ways to oppose it. A human life and birth are too precious an opportunity to treat this way.