A Seoul court on Thursday upheld a decision to ban anti-government rallies in downtown Seoul on the national Hangeul Day holiday in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Seoul Administrative Court overturned requests by two conservative civic groups and the ultra-conservative Our Republican Party.
The groups had requested the court to rescind a decision by the police and the Seoul Metropolitan Government to ban mass anti-government protests that were announced for Friday in Gwanghwamun Square in the capital.
“If 1,000 people from across the country gather at the rally and make close contact with one another, the spread of the infectious disease seems unavoidable,’’ the court ruled.
The government has taken a hard-line stance against public rallies after anti-government protests on Aug. 15 were partly blamed for a flare-up in new virus cases.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed/Obike Ukoh