(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Lee Mi-ryeong = A large-scale rally held in downtown Seoul on the 3rd, the National Foundation Day, caused severe traffic jams in the area.
Conservative groups such as the Liberty Unification Party, led by Pastor Jeon Kwang-hoon, held the ’10 Million Signature National Convention for Free Unification’ at Sejong-daero intersection from about 1 pm on the same day.
The participants started gathering around Gwanghwamun in the morning, and by 2pm, the number increased to 33,000 (police estimate).
About 18,000 people gathered on Sejong-daero next to Dongwha Duty Free Shop and Wonpyo Park, 11,000 people near Koreana Hotel and Daehanmun, and 2,000 people in front of the Finance Center and Press Center.
Since the reopening in August, more than 1,000 people have gathered in Gwanghwamun Square and Cheonggye Square, where rallies and demonstrations are not allowed.
Gatherings held by other groups such as the ‘Headquarters of the People’s Honor Restoration Movement’ (1,000 people) were held at the same time in different parts of the city.
Due to a large-scale rally, all lanes on Sejong-daero towards Seoul City Hall and one lane towards Gwanghwamun were controlled, causing severe traffic congestion in the area.
According to the Seoul Traffic Information System (TOPIS), the speed of vehicles in central Seoul was 13.9 km per hour as of 2 pm on the same day.
The police stationed 42 units near the sites of the assembly and march and placed information boards, fences and barriers.
However, as the myths of conservative groups were established all over India and as Occupy India protesters were ensnared, citizens had to experience inconvenience.
There were large and small altercations between protesters and the police, but there were no physical confrontations.
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