SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 24, 2020 – Under the Article 80 of the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act, the Seoul Metropolitan Government decided to accuse the protest group calling for President Moon’s resignation for violating the ban on public gatherings (the Article 49 of the Act above mentioned), which pushed ahead with weekend gatherings that were held on February 22 and 23, 2020.
On February 24, Seoul will bring legal action against ten leading protestors with the evidence collected, including Pastor Chun Gwang-hun among those who held, led or participated in the protest. Also, it plans to analyze the evidence collected afterward and make additional accusations.
On February 21, the Seoul Metropolitan Government made an announcement about the ban on the rallies in the three public spaces, including Gwanghwamun Square, and their nearby areas, according to the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act. Despite Seoul’s ban on public gatherings, the protest group led by Pastor Chun pushed ahead with the two-day rallies last weekend, occupying Sejong-daero to disturb the traffic flow and illegally occupying Gwanghwamun Square.
Over the last weekend, more than 2,000 participants joined the rallies. During the rally, they raised their voices against the announcement vehicle which informed of the ban on public gatherings and they tried to block the vehicle. The protestors also threatened and obstructed the city officials who informed of the rally ban and encouraged refraining from the rally, causing multiple cases of conflicts. Since starting the protest, the protest group has illegally placed a number of chairs on the roads and Gwanghwamun Square, obstructing the traffic flow and illegally occupying the Square.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced a plan to accuse this protest group for violating the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act with the ban on public gatherings; to accuse all the protest participants whose evidences are collected regarding the interference with public officials in the duty execution; and to charge the indemnification for the illegal occupancy in Gwanghwamun Square.