SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) — Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon on Monday declared “zero tolerance” for rush-hour subway protests by members of a incapacity advocacy group, pledging to take all potential authorized motion to cease them from disrupting subway companies.
Since late final yr, the Solidarity Towards Incapacity Discrimination (SADD) has staged subway-riding protests at main stations in central Seoul on and off, demanding an elevated authorities funds to guard the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Wheelchair-bound activists have repeatedly boarded and disembarked trains to trigger delays in metro companies throughout the morning rush hour, drawing stiff complaints from commuters.
Forward of the Nationwide Meeting’s overview of the 2023 state funds invoice, SADD quickly suspended its marketing campaign final week solely to threaten to renew it subsequent week, protesting that the parliament-approved funds invoice solely features a fraction of what it had demanded.
On Monday, Oh uploaded a submit titled “zero tolerance precept” on his Fb account in response, saying, “There will likely be no extra generosity towards illegality.
“As mayor, I can not overlook harm and inconvenience inflicted on odd residents,” he stated, including all potential authorized measures will likely be taken towards the subway-delaying marketing campaign, together with on-site legislation enforcement by police, in addition to legal and civil motion.
An official on the Seoul metropolitan authorities stated town plans to file a damages swimsuit ought to SADD resume its subway protests as threatened.