Young & Angry Voters Warn Politicians Over Crypto Crackdown


The South Korean government is facing the prospect of an embarrassing climbdown after a furious backlash from 20-39-year-olds in the country over its proposed crypto “crackdown.”

The furor came to a head over the weekend, after a perfect storm of tumbling crypto prices and a strongly worded warning about crypto from the head of the regulatory Financial Services Commission.

The Commission’s chief, Eun Sung-soo, essentially echoed the rhetoric espoused by the government and the central Bank of Korea in recent weeks, claiming that crypto has no “intrinsic” value and is fundamentally unregulated.

He also warned that the vast majority of crypto exchanges in the country were liable to close in September after new regulations came into force. The regulations require exchanges to abide by anti-money laundering protocols, obtain data security certification and strike banking contracts with domestic partners. So far, only four exchanges have met these and other criteria.

But it appears Eun’s warning hit a particular nerve with twenty- and thirtysomethings, and the comments appear to have been badly timed to say the least. In the wake of his comments, which had already drawn ire from online commentators and crypto communities, crypto prices took a tumble, exacerbating the situation.

The presidential website has been flooded with petitions calling for Eun’s resignation. The most popular of these has over 130,000 signatories at the time of writing (April 26, 11 UTC).

Another petition to the president requesting that the government fire Eun has gathered almost 80,000 signatures. Its author also demanded that Seoul create a framework of regulations that would make South Korea a “crypto industry powerhouse.”

Another yet, with almost 20,000 signatories, urged Seoul that it intended to tax crypto – which it does from 2022 – it should recognize the industry as a legitimate and above-board sector.

Irked by what he considered to be a condescending tone, one forum poster said they had been angered by the fact that Eun had also said of crypto:

“The government and the ruling party are at a loss over the issue of cryptocurrencies.”

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