The reason the usual suspects on the left can continue to get away with conducting violent protests is because the courts never hold them accountable for their actions:
Two Catholic priests and two monks in South Korea received suspended prison terms on Friday for obstruction of justice during protests against the construction of a naval base on the country`s Jeju Island last year, the Yonhap news agency reported. Rev. Moon Jeong-hyun was sentenced to an eight-month prison term, suspended for two years, for obstructing justice while protesting. The 72-year-old father climbed onto a police vehicle to keep officers from taking a village head to the police station and assaulted police three times during various protests, according to investigators. “As the construction project was approved by the government, such violent ways of expressing opinion against it should be regarded as illegal,” Judge Lee Yong-woo of the Jeju District Court said in his verdict, as quoted by Yonhap. “He deserves a suspended term, however, as he did not commit the crime for his personal interest.” The second priest, identified only by his surname Lee, and two monks whose identities were withheld, were sentenced to six-month prison terms, suspended for two years, on similar charges of obstruction. Construction is underway to build the naval base in Gangjeong Village on the southern tip of the resort island to accommodate around 20 naval vessels, following a 2007 government decision. However, some local residents and civic groups have staged protests against the project, which is expected to be completed by 2014. [Europe Online]
In my opinion Moon Jeong-hyun should not be considered a Catholic clergyman and the church should disassociate themselves from him. How many Catholic priests does anyone know that repeatedly incites violence against authorities? For those that don’t know Moon Jeong-hyun has played a key leadership role in various anti-US protests over the years. Using religious figures for their protests is a common tactic by the pro-Pyongyang, anti-US left in Korea in order to give their protests a sense of moral cover. Father Moon along with the Catholic Priests’ Association for Justice that he is a member of worked together to protest in 2002 against USFK in the wake of the Armored Vehicle Accident as well as providing moral cover, like the CPAJ is doing now, for the extremely violent protesters who tried to prevent the Camp Humphreys expansion. The CPAJ has also been quite active in trying to abolish the National Security Law as well. It should come as no surprise that elements of the umbrella organization that the CPAJ belonged to during the Camp Humphreys riots were later linked to a North Korean spy scandal. So the motivations of these people are pretty clear.
By the way my prediction of the Cheju naval base issue not turning into another anti-US mad cow riot has proven correct. The protest is too far away from Seoul to attract big crowds and media attention plus the perception of the US military with the Korean public has changed over the past few years due to the North Korean provocations against South Korea. I just didn’t see the anti-US card working with this issue and fortunately this has proven true. Never fear they will try and find something else to demagogue before the Korean Presidential election this year.