we stumbled upon a mob of seocho government workers aggressively dismantling, breaking, and tearing down the stalls of illegal street vendors along gangnam’s main shopping strip. we do not have all the facts, or fully understand the issues and policies behind such actions; it seemed a bit excessive to us, and it seemed unfair to take the vendors’ goods. the only police presence was there merely to document the seizures with a video camera. we are not sure if vendors were given prior notice to vacate the area, or if the tactics employed by local government were sprung quickly without warning or any formal notice. either way, it was a shocking and surreal spectacle.