Following yesterday (2nd), the National Solidarity for the Elimination of Discrimination against the Disabled continued its protest at the subway station.
A fight broke out as the police blocked it, and the group requested a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister for Economy, saying that they would continue the protests on weekdays throughout this year.
This is Reporter Yu Deok-gi.
This morning at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station on Seoul Subway Line 4.
Activists from Jeonjang-yeon demand safety footholds from station staff as they get off the platform.
[Activist Jeon Jang-yeon: Will you give me a footrest or not?]
When I try to get on the train again to go to the Samgak area, the police and station staff stop me.
[Let me ride!
Let me ride!]
[Stationmaster at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park: Acts that disturb (railway workers) are prohibited by the Railroad Safety Act.
Please stop the protest immediately and move out of the station.]
On the first day of work yesterday of the new year, Jeon Jeon-yeon, who protested boarding until late at night in the Samgak area, continued the protest on the way to work at two stations today.
[Kang Shin-woo/Citizens using the subway: Assemblies and protests are one of the natural rights of the people of Korea, so I think they can make their voices heard.]
[Yun Young-soon/Citizens using the subway: Still, you have to avoid commuting time, and on the subway like this ( Isn’t it dangerous to hold a protest?]
At around 1:10 pm, after protesting in the Samgak area, Jeon Yeon-yeon announced that she would hold a subway ride protest on the way to work all weekdays this year.
This is because the budget for the rights of persons with disabilities that passed the National Assembly is only 0.8% of the required level.
At the same time, he demanded the government provide necessary legal and financial guarantees, such as guaranteeing the right to move for the disabled, labor rights for the most severely disabled, and guaranteeing the right to deinstitutionalization.
As a condition of temporarily stopping the protests, we also requested a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister for Economy, Chu Kyung-ho, who oversees the government budget, but the Ministry of Strategy and Finance practically refused, saying that there was no official position.
(Video coverage: Lee Sang-hak, Video editing: Yoon Tae-ho, CG: Eom So-min·Shim Soo-hyun)
Reporter Deok-gi Yoo, who has covered this story, is with me.
Q. What is the conflict background?
[Reporter Yu Deok-gi: The city of Seoul and the Seoul Transportation Corporation are in a position that they can no longer tolerate civil inconveniences caused by boarding protests.
It is the judgment of Seoul Transportation Corporation that the protests of Jeon Ji-yeon began in January 2021.
In the meantime, even though the act of intentionally delaying boarding may violate the Railroad Safety Act, he said he tried to resolve it through dialogue as much as possible in the context of demanding the rights of the disabled, the socially underprivileged.
However, as the protests continued in the new year, citizens can no longer be held hostage.
A high-ranking official in the city of Seoul said that it was judged that neglecting it any longer would constitute abandonment of duty.]
Q. Is there any solution?
[Reporter Yu Deok-gi: Previously, on the 21st of last month, Jeon Yeon-yeon accepted the adjustment of the Seoul Central District Court that the operation should not be delayed by more than 5 minutes.
However, Mayor Oh Se-hoon rejected the mediation plan saying that it is zero tolerance since yesterday, saying that it is a subway that can cause serious trouble even if it is delayed by one minute.
In fact, Seoul Transportation Corporation submitted an objection to the court at 4:00 pm today, saying that it could not accept the forced adjustment.
If either party does not agree to compulsory mediation, the mediation plan is not established and the trial begins again.
In addition, the Seoul Transportation Corporation has decided to proceed with additional civil and criminal lawsuits against the 82 protests in the subway that have been held so far.
Since the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Transportation Corporation chose a head-on response rather than dialogue and compromise, the possibility that Jeon Jeon-yeon could also raise the level of the protests in a confrontational dimension has now become a situation that cannot be ruled out.]
(Video editing: Yoon Tae-ho)