Over at the Sun Herald (March 6, 2012) is the video of the helicopter crash that recently occurred while filming Top Gear Korea. I would embed the video here but I don’t know how so you are going to have to go to the link and watch this helicopter – up close and personal – hit the ground nose first.
And, speaking of fast wheels, the Donga Ilbo (March 5, 2012) has this piece on motorcycle gangs and their own protest movement of March First.
Outlaw motorcycle gangs ride on the March 1 Independence Movement Day and Liberation Day. They take Japanese culture, from where motorcycles originated from, with the concept of resistance and liberation. Japanese biker gangs protested police crackdown and held demonstrations surrounding police headquarters, eventually getting a permit for motorcycles over certain highway stretches. They were youths who stood up against the unique Japanese psyche that hates to interrupt or inconvenience others. Emulating them, Korean biker gangs used the two national holidays to demonstrate their resistance and liberation. It is nonsense, however, that they took the resistance of Japanese gangs on the day when Korea gained independence from Japanese colonial rule.
The article notes that:
today’s biker gangs in Korean, 80 percent of whose members are teenagers, seem to ride just for the sake of riding. A middle school dropout who was arrested Thursday said, “When car drivers who feel threatened by my riding swear, I feel so superior and they seem to pay attention to me.” What the bikers want from people by driving against the flow of traffic or over the median is a sense of superiority and people’s attention. A policeman in charge of biker gangs said, “Most of them are unfortunate youths without a parent or parents. Even if they have parents, they don`t come to the police station to take their children home.”
The police say that it is risky to chase the young bikers so, amongst other methods:
Officers are going to where the gangs often gather and give them snacks to encourage them to follow the law.