December 3, 2022

Inside Minister Lee Sang-min on Monday slammed cops taking collective motion towards the envisioned institution of a ministry bureau overseeing the legislation enforcement company, even likening them to a coterie of elite army commanders behind a 1979 coup.

The comment got here two days after about 50 senior superintendents throughout the nation held a gathering Saturday to protest the envisioned institution of a “police bureau,” a transfer that they declare would compromise their political neutrality and accountability.

The assembly went forward regardless of authorities warnings to desist, with some 140 others attending on-line.

“It was extraordinarily inappropriate for them to carry a gathering away from areas the place they’re supposed to stay,” Lee informed Yonhap Information Company. “If this had occurred within the army, it could be just like the Dec. 12 coup led by Hanahoe.”

The 1979 coup occurred after former President Park Chung-hee was assassinated by his spy chief. Then army basic Chun Doo-hwan took energy by the coup along with members of Hanahoe, a now-defunct secret affiliation within the Military of elite Korea Navy Academy graduates.

“There’s a particular group that’s main the senior superintendents’ gathering,” Lee mentioned throughout an emergency press briefing later within the day. “Hanahoe acquired off to a begin like that, and the unlucky Dec. 12 incident occurred.”

Lee mentioned the Nationwide Police Company will “sternly examine” these concerned within the collective motion.

Ryu Sam-young, a senior superintendent primarily based within the southeastern metropolis of Ulsan has already been placed on “standby” in a preliminary disciplinary motion for organizing the gathering.

The inside ministry has argued the envisioned police bureau is critical, as a result of police are set to tackle extra investigative roles from the prosecution, and it’ll carry construction to what was beforehand an opaque command system wielded by the now-abolished workplace of the senior presidential secretary for civil affairs.

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President Yoon Suk-yeol arrives for work at the Yongsan Presidential Office in Seoul on July 25, 2022. (Yonhap)

Inside and Security Minister Lee Sang-min speaks throughout a press convention on the authorities advanced in Seoul on July 25, 2022, over a gathering of police station chiefs from throughout the nation on July 23 to protest the federal government’s launch of a envisioned police bureau underneath the inside ministry. (Yonhap)

Lee additionally rejected claims that it’s unfair for the federal government to permit prosecutors to carry such gatherings and ban cops from doing so, stressing that police are completely different from prosecutors, as they’re a corporation holding firearms.

“Although a number of time has handed, and it’s unthinkable to stage a coup, it’s nonetheless a severe incident for a corporation able to arming itself to carry a gathering arbitrarily to oppose a authorities resolution,” he informed the press briefing.

Earlier within the day, President Yoon Suk-yeol additionally mentioned he expects the inside ministry and the Nationwide Police Company (NPA) to take “vital steps” to cope with the gathering motion.

“I consider the inside ministry and the NPA will take the mandatory steps,” Yoon informed reporters when requested to touch upon the protest, which lower-level cops have vowed to proceed by holding their very own gathering later this week.

Yoon didn’t elaborate on what the “vital steps” might be. However his chief of workers, Kim Dae-ki, on Sunday denounced Saturday’s assembly of senior superintendents as an “inappropriate motion.”

Yoon Hee-keun, a nominee of the brand new NPA chief, additionally lashed out on the assembly, saying the individuals of the assembly might be sternly punished in accordance with the results of the inspection.

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“The NPA has constantly made superior requests to chorus from gatherings, in consideration of public concern relating to this assembly by police chiefs,” the nominee mentioned in a written assertion.

The nominee additionally apologized to the folks “for inflicting concern over the controversy surrounding police,” whereas calling on officers to right away cease such collective actions.

He additionally mentioned that it is going to be tough to withdraw the disciplinary motion towards Ryu, as he didn’t obey the dismissal order and didn’t talk the order to different individuals.

“(I) will stabilize the group as quickly as attainable and restore public confidence by finishing up our due roles,” Yoon informed reporters, vowing to rearrange a gathering to hearken to the voices of his members.

The institution of a police bureau is anticipated to be endorsed throughout a Cupboard assembly on Tuesday.

The primary opposition Democratic Celebration get together accused the federal government of trying to intimidate police into silence.

“They didn’t maintain stones of their arms nor did they take to the streets, however the Yoon Suk-yeol authorities put the police station chief, who organized the assembly, on standby and try to analyze all individuals,” Rep. Park Hong-keun, flooring chief of the DP.

“It’s clearly an anti-democratic measure and retaliation warning 130,000 police to close their mouths,” he mentioned.