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Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:08 AM

Seoul- Right wing demonstrators violate emergency health ban

(Source- YTN News 2.22) Thousands of right wing demonstrators in Seoul at Gwanghwamun plaza creating a potential threat to public health. The government administration worries it may result in another cluster of covid 19 cases similar to the New Heaven and Earth outbreak in Daegu and Gyeongbukdo.

(Source- YTN News 2.22) The mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon with microphone.

The mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, personally confronted far right wing Christian fundamentalists and Taegukki members in Gwanghwamun Plaza today for violating the new health restrictions on assembly there. The mayor requested that the crowd of demonstrators exercise self restraint and leave the plaza. The Taegukki members carried their organization's flags and the christian fundamentalists opposing Moon Jae-in carried Taegukki's and US flags. They jeered and booed the democratic party mayor.

(Source- YTN News 2.22) Minister Jeon Kwang-hoon on the flat screen.

Minister Jeon Kwang-hoon, the leader and organizer of the Taegukki demonstrations, said even if he caught the covid 19 virus, he'd still be a patriot. The mayor had apparently determined not to physically force evacuation of the demonstration although police were deployed in substantial numbers. Police posted notices of the illegality of the assembly, and participants were advised by loudspeaker of the fines for violation of the law. The mayor appealed to the crowd to cooperate with authorities in an attempt to control the outbreak of the virus.

In related news, Son Hak-kyu, representative of the center-right bareun mirae party, called for consideration of postponement of April 15 general elections due to the epidemic. At the same time far right groups ignore the new public health ban on assemblies of persons in public plazas in Seoul. At present the Blue House is not considering postponement of the general election. According to the YTN broadcast, such a postponement, by law, is the prerogative of the president in the event of natural disaster which precludes the elections as scheduled. Regardless of circumstances, such a development would be subject to political blow back. Inevitably to be used as evidence of the far right claim that President Moon is a dictator and the tool of the communist north. Other parties might view a postponement of the election as advantageous or not depending on their situations. The analysts on the YTN program felt that the administration still had time to see how the course of the contagion proceeded before being forced whether to consider such a measure.

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Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:21 AM

1. Thanks for posting this

I have a friend who works in public health in Korea. He posted some really wild rumors people from Seoul are saying yesterday about the source of Covid-19, and how Korea still has not imposed travel restrictions with China. Also tangled up is some rumors about US Army being aware of and working with Korean biological warfare experts, etc. some really wild, unsubstantiated things.

There is a great deal of friction and mistrust right now between political entities in South Korea- more so that our Rep/Dem battles. Itís not good to have that kind of friction at the same time they are dealing with Covid-19 issues. I hope they can contain the outbreaks about to happen.

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Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:35 AM

2. ty James

I have a blog about Korean affairs, based mostly on my watching their new broadcasts and other programming for the last four years. It started out as part of my interest in the language. I lived in Korea for 33 months, and have had ties to the Korean people ever since.

For two years i just told a few close friends what was going on there. One of my friends encouraged me to tell others. So I post here mostly in the foreign affairs and national security boards.


I like to follow Tim Shorrock on twitter, and Ask A Korean on twitter too to see if i missed anything in the Korean news.

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Sun Feb 23, 2020, 01:35 AM

3. Yonhap News live youtube feed is now reporting 556 confirmed cases in South Korea nt

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