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Majority Of S. Koreans Oppose 'Drive-Through' Rallies: Poll

Reporter Ron Chang ㅣ 2020-09-24 18:50

Photo: Yonhap News
Photo: Yonhap News
Seven out of 10 South Koreans are opposed to so-called drive-through rallies -- an idea proposed by the main opposition party as an alternative to anti-government protests planned for next month.

According to a Realmeter survey commissioned by TBS, 70.9 percent of respondents said drive-through rallies should be prohibited to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On the other hand, more than 23 percent said freedom of assembly should be guaranteed, while 5.5 percent had no opinion on the matter.

The government has banned rallies of 10 or more people on National Foundation Day, October 3, due to fears of another resurgence of new coronavirus cases.

Members of the opposition People Power Party say a drive-through will pose no risk to anti-virus efforts, drawing sharp criticism from the ruling Democratic Party.

Drive-through rallies would also call for protestors to sit in their cars and overtake major roadways, potentially creating other hazards.

The poll was conducted Wednesday on over 500 adults nationwide and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.



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