‘Rough-handled’ KAIST graduate files petition against Yoon

A graduate of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), who was forcibly taken away by presidential bodyguards while shouting at President Yoon Suk Yeol during the university's graduation ceremony last week, filed a petition with the state human rights watchdog Friday against the president and the Presidential Security Service (PSS). Shin Min-ki submitted the petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, claiming that Yoon and the PSS violated his right to freedom of expression, personal liberty and right to pursue happiness. He said 1,146 people, including KAIST alumni, students and faculty, participated in the petition as co-petitioners. Shin, who is a member of a minor progressive party, shouted a demand for an increase in the government's research and development budget during the graduation ceremony on Feb. 16 after the Yoon government slashed the budget to reallocate funds to other areas. Earlier this week, a group of KAIST alumni filed a similar complaint with po lice against the PSS and some presidential bodyguards.