Thousands of South Koreans Rally for Stem Cell Researcher Hwang Woo-Suk

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 1, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Thousands of South Koreans Rally for Stem Cell Researcher Hwang Woo-Suk Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 1, 2006

Seoul, South Korea (LifeNews.com) — On the evening before he is scheduled to be questioned by government officials about whether he embezzled public and private funds, disgraced embryonic stem cell research scientist had thousands of South Koreans rally on his behalf.

According to South Korean media reports, about 4,000 people gathered in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul to show their support.

Before Hwang and his team was found to have lied about their supposedly successful embryonic stem cell research, he was the darling of the entire nation.

The government bestowed gifts to him, companies gave him free products and services including free flights around the world. Books were published about his life and the public made him a national hero.

But Hwang still enjoys strong support despite his fall from grace.

Protesters held signs and banners saying Hwang should be allowed to continue the controversial research and should be reinstated at Seoul National University, where he was a professor of veterinary medicine.

Supporters even should t-shirts at the rally, with some saying, "Snuppy, Made in Korea," referring to the dog he cloned.