Owner assaulted for saying “business hours are over”… Police arrest 377 people for ‘quarantine violence’

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On the 8th of last month, at a restaurant in Hwagok-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul, Mr. A, in his 40s, threw a seasoning can and assaulted the head of a delivery man who was drying it when he received a request from the owner to leave the restaurant due to the end of business hours at 10:00 pm. The Gangseo Police Station in Seoul recently sent Mr. A to the prosecution on charges of special injury and assault. On September 3rd, Gyeonggi Buwonmi Police Station arrested B on charges of attempted blackmail, threatening to report to the owner, “If you don’t pay double the price of the alcohol you paid, we will report it as a violation of quarantine rules.” The National Police Agency announced on the 11th that it had caught 377 people who, like A and B, had ‘anti-epidemic violence’ against the self-employed for two months from September 1 to October 31. Among them, the most common type of violence (265 people) related to wearing a mask. Cases of assaulting business owners and employees or obstructing work (73 people) were followed in relation to business hours and restrictions on the number of meeting people. Thirty-nine people were arrested by the police on charges of intimidating small business owners or extorting money to report violations of quarantine rules, or assaulting and intimidating public officials in charge of violating quarantine rules. Oh Seung-jin, head of the Violent Crimes Investigation Division at the National Police Agency, said, “We plan to strictly crack down on chronic violent crimes and anti-epidemic violent acts in the vicinity of our lives to ensure a peaceful daily life and safety of the people and to ensure a stable step-by-step recovery.” If you have witnessed or know of any damage in the vicinity, please actively report and report it.” By Park Soo-ji, staff reporter [email protected]



Reference-www.hani.co.kr

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