Self-employed people who have resisted the government's quarantine guidelines cut their hair short in front of the National Assembly today (25th).

The self-employed have said that they are now bankrupt because the debt they have accumulated since the corona virus has exceeded the level they can handle, and predicted that they would start a large-scale struggle next month.

Reporter Lee Hye-mi reported.


299 self-employed people in red vests went up to the podium and shaved their heads in turn.

The relay shaved ceremony was held in protest against the government quarantine measures that extended social distancing, such as limiting business hours.

Members of the Corona Victim Business Federation, which consists of nine self-employed organizations, including the Korea Food Service Industry Federation, gathered in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul.

[Take responsibility, take responsibility!]

Declared bankruptcy, saying that there is no way to repay the debt owed by labor costs, rent, and various loans.

[Minsangheon / Corona victims sales Confederation Co-President: Declare sales resumed with tears total bankruptcy came throat dries wait significantly longer supported is really able to hold eopgie]

Confederation side to open a large rally in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, around the 10th of next month did it with

We are also planning to file a class action lawsuit for loss compensation in court in the near future.

[Ho-Seok Oh / Co-CEO of the Corona Victims’ Business Federation: I declare that we will hold a large-scale rally in solidarity with all the forces.]

Another self-employed small business group, Captain of the Self-Employed Self-Employment, also expressed its will to fight together, keeping distance even after the Lunar New Year holiday. If the period continues, the scale of the struggle and the scope of collective action are likely to expand.

In the midst of this, Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom said that the biggest difficulty for small business owners is rent, and that the government and lessors should think about ways to share the burden.

(Video coverage: Jeon Gyeong-bae, Video editing: Park Chun-bae)