By Nam Hyun-woo
BUSAN ― A Greenpeace stunt here sparked initial controversy but ended on a subdued note, with few citizens showing support for their illegal act.
Four activists from Greenpeace were taken into police custody Thursday for a 52-hour high-altitude stunt on the top of a suspension tower of the Gwangan Bridge.
Their purpose was to call for more safety measures at the Gori Nuclear Power Plant, located only 25 kilometers away.
An interesting sight was a hammock where they took turns to sleep; as they lived on grain bars and dried fruit.
They were arrested after they descended from the tower.
Song Joong-kwon, one of the four, said that it was worth risking his life.
"I am very proud that I climbed here to show that 3.43 million citizens are exposed to nuclear risks," Song said in a phone conversation Wednesday from on top of the bridge.
The line suddenly went dead and Greenpeace coordinator Suh Hyung-lim on the ground said that the battery has run out.
Some citizens said the protest was meaningless.
"What is all the fuss about? Their cause is good but their action is illegal," said a citizen in a crowd watching the activists being arrested.
"We thought that alerting Busan citizens was important. That was our priority," Suh said.
According to police, the three foreign activists will likely be moved to an immigration detention center before being deportated.