Posted by elliefilet AKP STAFF Thursday, July 7, 2016

Leessang face protest by former building tenant and organization after forced eviction

(Updated with Video above)

Hip hop duo Leessang are facing a protest by former building tenant, Mr. Suh, and the organization 'Meeting of Those Who Want to Comfortably Do Business' after Mr. Suh's restaurant was evicted from the premises.

On July 7, 100 service workers and a fork crane headed to the building owned by Leessang in order to forcefully evict former tenant Mr. Suh, who was unwilling to vacate. The forced eviction was met with resistance by Mr. Suh as well as members of 'Meeting of Those Who Want to Comfortably Do Business' as seen in the images below.

In 2012, Leessang purchased real estate worth millions in the Sinsa neighborhood of the Gangnam District in Seoul, and soon afterwards, they ran into issues with Mr. Suh, a tenant running a tripe restaurant. The rap duo initially refused to renew Suh's contract, but eventually agreed to allow him to run his tripe business in the building's basement and parking lot, giving him a deposit of 180 million Won ($155,000 USD). 

However, the Gangnam District real estate office stated the business was being illegally run in October of 2013 and demanded the restaurant's tent be torn down. Mr. Suh has been fighting court orders and ignored the second official court order to vacate by May 30 of this year. Mr. Suh is reported to have not renewed his sublease contract and has no legal right to continue running his business in the building. 

Mr. Suh and approximately 70 members of the organization are planning to stage a protest in front of Leessang member Gary's home on July 8.

Leessang Company stated, "We plan to release our official statement soon. This situation is a legal issue. The tenant is doing this for emotional reasons. As Leessang are in the public eye, we're currently waiting to act."

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