A big smile from Dr. Song on his release from prison. Image: Jung Da-Woo-Ri

On September 28, in the late morning it was suddenly and unexpected announced that after 181 days of imprisonment, Dr. Song Kang-Ho would be released from Jeju Prison on bail. Dr. Song was originally very violently arrested on April 1st, his birthday and held ever since then in Jeju Prison, about an hour from Gangjeong village. Dr. Song had been refusing bail in protest of his unjust imprisonment and show trial and was only two weeks away from the legal prison limit without being convicted of a crime (Oct. 13 was his expected release date).

Father Moon and Dr. Song embrace. Image: Jung Da-Woo-Ri

Despite this, to everyone’s surprise, he was suddenly released in the late afternoon. Although many people were not in Gangjeong village because of the Chuseok Harvest Holiday, a small group of friends and supporters from Gangjeong gathered in front of the prison to greet him and celebrate his release. Upon his release he was embraced by Father Moon Jung Hyeon and then ate tofu, as is customary, and then greeted those that had eagerly gathered to celebrate.

Brother Song is free at last! Hurray!

Dancing while waiting for Dr. Song’s release. Image: Jang Hyun-Woo

Mayor Kang helps Dr. Song eat the customary Tofu. Image: Jang Hyun-Woo

Dr. Song embraces supporters and friends outside the prison. Image: Jung Da-Woo-Ri

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