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For thousands of children returning to school on Monday, the answer will be, “I went to the protest with my family”.
Over an estimated 1,300,000 people carried candles and signs demanding the President Park Geun-hye’s resignation.
This is the fifth week that crowds gather in central Seoul to demonstrate against the President in the largest demonstration since the 1987 June Democracy Movement which forced the military government to hold free elections in South Korea.
Despite the freezing weather, people marched peacefully, sat on the freezing wet streets and stopped to eat at the various food stands.
There were rock bands, speakers and the first snowflakes of winter. As some of the people said, “It feels like a festival”.
By 9:00pm families slowly started to head home. The subway was packed with children and parents carrying signs and eating snacks.
It was an extraordinary event where people respected each other, enjoyed being together for a common cause and where parents proudly photographed their children to share the moment in social media. For a younger generation of Koreans, this is the first time they participate in a series of protests.
There were hundreds of wonderful images but here are just a few that show the faces of young children learning about democracy in action.