|Democratic United supporters crowd Busan Station|
|Presidential hopeful Moon Jae In of the Democratic United Party |
makes his final campaign in Busan on Dec. 18
News crews orbited the stage and reporters shed their winter coats for the camera, standing stoic in their suits despite the wind chill. All around them shouts and laughter could be heard; music blaring, and flashes popping. A hush fell over the crowd for just a moment as Moon finally arrived in view, and was followed instantly by an uproar of screams, whistles, and chants. "Moon Jae In, Daetongryong! Moon Jae In, President!" they shouted as every man, woman, and child was swept up into the excitement. "100%!" they promised and "Vote, vote, vote!" they pledged to a smiling Moon, waving with a black-gloved hand.
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
|Colourfully dressed workers implore citizens to vote!|
Readers, what do you think? Who will win the election and where would you cast your vote? I'd love to hear your comments!
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