South Korean National Police this week launched a surprise campaign against "hippie" style youths with long hair and blue jeans.
South Korean National Police this week launched a surprise campaign against "hippie" style youths with long hair and blue jeans. They picked up about 2,000 youths in five cities of South Korea in the first two days.
Without any advance warning, all police from 15 stations in Seoul started rounding up long haired young men in the main entertainment and shopping streets on Tuesday.
Several hundred long-haired men were brought to police stations in a few hours and most of them asked to have a hair-cut. Police said, if they complied the rules, they would released. Otherwise they will be turned over to the Summary Court for possible detention of up to 29 days.
The police action - the second since last October - was taken under the law controlling misdemeanours which lists any act impairing "good customs" as an offence. Police regard hippie-style long hair as such an act.
In a two-month campaign against long hair in September and October last year, police round up 2,172 young men and 1,840 of them were released after their hair was cut short. The remaining 368 were sent to the Summary Court.
Police sources said this year's campaign would continue until the capital city and been cleared of hippie-style long hair. But, they added, reasonably long hair of older Koreans will be tolerated and foreigners will be excluded.