Today (13th), the 51st anniversary of Jeon Tae-il's martyrdom, the KCTU held a workers' convention.

The meeting place was originally in Yeouido, but when the police stopped it, it was changed to Dongdaemun, and there was great congestion in the process of gathering about 20,000 people.

Reporter Ha Jeong-yeon reported.

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road is clogged like a parking lot, and as union members head to Dongdaemun, the police rush to run.

An hour before the start of the rally, the meeting place was announced by surprise.

Union members waiting all over the city fill the road in an instant.

Organizers estimated that about 20,000 people gathered at the intersection of Dongdaemun Station in Seoul, where union members of the KCTU gathered by surprise.

[Taek-Geun Yoon / Acting Chairperson of the Confederation of Trade Unions: Let's overcome inequality by inheriting the spirit of martyrdom!] The

Confederation of Trade Unions initially planned to hold the National Workers' Congress in Yeouido Park.

They said they would hold a rally in groups of 20, 499 people each at a distance of 70 meters, but the location was changed when the government announced that it would not allow it and built a barrier.

[Police: Illegal assembly and demonstrations are underway, such as occupying the road without permission.]

[Park Seok-woon / Co-CEO of the National People's Action: Tens of thousands of people gather at soccer fields and baseball fields to eat chimaek, and the workers' convention of the KCTU has been blocked at source. !]

The sudden surprise rally caused great traffic congestion for over two hours.

[Moon Kyung-ho / Seongbuk-gu, Seoul: I have come to the wedding hall abundantly, but now I am waiting for 30 minutes.

Sending a congratulatory money to someone else, I wish I could leave, but I can't, so it's frustrating.] In

the case of public transportation, 6 subway stations including Gwanghwamun Station and 36 bus stops passed for 90 minutes without stopping.

[Eom Su-jin / Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do: There are a lot of protesters and there are a lot of police, so I'm too busy...


[Kim Eon-ji / Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do: Even if you try to cross at the blue light, there is something blocking it…

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police consider today's assembly an illegal assembly and will promptly require the organizers and key participants to attend and begin an investigation. 

(Video coverage: Yang Hyun-cheol, video editing: Park Ki-duk)