The decision of the government to have this gambling facility closed by the end of this year is welcomed by people with delight. With joy, we now want to share with you how we walked this journey.
At the end of April of 2013, three members of the Yongsan-Gu Local Government visited our school and informed us that an Electronic Horse Racing (EHR) facility was to be opened near our school. Realizing the urgency of the situation, and motivated by our desire to protect the health and security of our educational environment, our school community and the local community immediately formed the “Task Force against Electronic Horse Racing”.
Thus began our protest action which was like the fight between David and Goliath. Believing and trusting that ‘The Lord will not save us with a sword nor a spear… [and] that the battle will depend on God’ (1 Samuel 17, 47), we prepared ourselves for what we knew would be a long struggle. We were small and weak; but, as adults, teachers, and parents who have the duty to protect our children, we were committed to keep up the fight.
A few photos taken at different times during the 1500-day protest.
A liturgical celebration held at the sit-in rally on April 30, 2015.
Kim Yul Ok rscj and Chang Kyung Ah rscj