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Thursday, January 13, 2022
ANBOUND's Observation: Rise of Conservatism in South Korea Bad News for Moon Jae-in
Chan Kung

In the past week, Chung Yong-jin, head of the South Korean retail giant Shinsegae Group, launched an anti-communist campaign on social media, and many well-known personalities including presidential candidate Yoon Seok-youl joined in support. Over the past week, Chung, has posted on Instagram with the hashtag #myulgong (“destroy the Communists”). Instagram initially deleted these posts, but Chung continued to post, including "I hate communism", "let's shout out myulgong together" and other anti-Communist slogans, grabbing news headlines and getting supportive messages from many users.

Soon, Instagram reinstated Chung’s deleted posts, explaining that they were automatically deleted because they contained “offensive” words. Now the hashtag "#myulgong" is rapidly gaining popularity in South Korea, and conservative politicians like Yoon have expressed their support for Chung's online anti-communist movement.

This shows that South Koreans are running out of patience with their current president Moon Jae-in, and a new wave of conservatism is about to emerge. This in general, is a sign of a political turn in South Korea.