In last year's disputed parliamentary elections in South Korea, leftist President Moon Jae-In's Democratic Party of Korea won enough seats to give his party the legislative majority it needed to pass almost any law without the help of other parties.
In doing so, South Korean voters may have paved the way for a "quasi-communist" takeover of the nation, Inho Lee, professor emeritus at Seoul National University and former South Korean ambassador to Finland and Russia, noted in a Feb. 14 analysis in Small Wars Journal.
Moon's party, dominating the National Assembly by a three fifth majority, rammed through a whole bundle of new laws in the face of frontal resistance from not only the inept opposition party but the concerned public at large.
One new law stipulates that anyone making any remark considered derogatory to the honor of the participants of the Kwangju uprising of 1980 is liable to a fine of up to ₩50 million (roughly $50,000) or up to 5 years of imprisonment. A wide-spread understanding of the Kwangju uprising, now officially enshrined as the “518 Democracy Movement,” is that North Korea’s underground instigation and intervention exacerbated what had started out to be a pro-Kim Dae-Jung student demonstration during the power vacuum created after the assassination of President Park Chung-Hee.