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South Korean Military Bans ‘Arirang', Country's Iconic and Beloved Song

South Korean Military is infamous for banning books, films and songs which they find ‘controversial’ or ‘subversive’ and their recent decision to ban the nation's most beloved and historically important songs ‘Arirang’ (which even has the famed nickname of ‘unofficial national anthem of Korea‘) met with fierce backlash. The military explains it was because Arirang's sad tune is ‘too depressing‘ [ko] to be played in the army. However, one journalist lashed out [ko] that such decision demeans ‘the song's rich history of empowering and consoling the oppressed and mobilizing the grassroots'. As a sign of protest, South Koreans living abroad sung Arirang together [ko] during their latest demonstrations held across five different countries against the presidential election manipulation scandal

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