|Presidential hopeful Moon Jae In of the Democratic United Party |
makes his final campaign in Busan on Dec. 18
Campaigns for South Korea's 18th presidential election were in full swing in Busan tonight, with only hours remaining on the clock before the opening of the polls tomorrow, December 19th. Candidate Number 2, Moon Jae In, the leader of the opposition Democratic United Party (DUP), arrived at Busan Station at approximately 9:00 PM, greeted by a roar of applause and shouts from his supporters.
|Democratic United supporters crowd Busan Station|
He approached the stage built into an 18-wheeler truck and outfitted with a large screen. "Friends, thank you!" he greeted them in the honorific form, bowing and smiling. He looked into the audience, his grey hair shining and his face glowing against his yellow parka. He began to speak, pausing every few minutes for applause and the spontaneous cheers that erupted from the crowds. All around people balanced on tip-toes and stretched their necks for a glimpse of the presidential hopeful. Shutters snapped and smart phones could be seen held high over heads, recording every moment. "People come first," his campaign boasts and in this moment, people were united by his promise.
|Flashing the number 2 and the party colours |
in support of presidential hopeful Moon Jae In
As neared the end of his speech, Moon's voice cast out over his increasingly joyful crowd who roared with delight at his every syllable, their applause thundering as he implored them to vote. "100%! 100%!" came the cries again, as Moon accepted flowers and posed for photos before he was escorted off stage by his smiling aides. The Korean national anthem followed, every member singing, swaying, and hugging; hands on hearts or in the air, their fingers shaped in a peace sign to represent the number two, for candidate Moon Jae In. Only moments later, one last burst of energy was summoned and a dance party broke loose as soon as a loud, thumping, upbeat melody filled the air. Teens twirled while seniors shuffled but everyone felt compelled to move in some way. The dancers, the singers, and all the supporters were thanked once again before they scattered, rushing to the train and subway stations, excitement not yet fading. Costumed workers reminded everyone to vote before dashing off to seek warmth for themselves. And just like that, it was over, the trucks and clean-up crews having removed nearly every trace of the event within twenty minutes of its conclusion.
|Colourfully dressed workers implore you to vote!|
Of course, the main event is yet to come, and nothing certain is concluded just yet. Along with the citizens of Busan and the rest of the country, I eagerly await the results of this, the 18th presidential election of South Korea.
- Busan, South Korea
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