| (Daily candlelight vigils against imports of U.S. beef in central Seoul. <© Chosun Ilbo>)
As hundreds of protesters and police officers were injured during a successive 'candlelight' protest against U.S. beef imports, KFTA issued a statement on 'Peaceful Protest without Violence' on May 10.
In addition, KFTA claimed that though the government promised to come up with a prompt solution for easing the anxiety of students and parents who had no option for school meal service, it only aggravates the current situation since the government has not brought forward any concrete and stable countermeasures. KFTA also suggested that teachers‘ organizations, parent representatives, and experts on the issue of school meals hold a meeting to discuss the current circumstances which can possibly cause serious problems to children.
KFTA also urged the political authorities to settle the largely accumulated legislations regarding education and public welfare that still remain unresolved by normalization of National Assembly as soon as possible. Measures to stabilize the National Assembly is needed since enactment of urgent education acts such as School Meals Act to manage school meals safety and Student Education and Teachers' Educational Activity Protection Act to define the right and duty of the subject of education are being postponed.