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Wroom-Wroom! Court Allows Farmers on Tractors to Join Protest in Seoul

© REUTERS / Jeon Heon-kyun/PoolSouth Koreans shout slogans as they carry placards reading "Park Geun-hye Out", during a protest against South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on a main street in Seoul, South Korea
South Koreans shout slogans as they carry placards reading Park Geun-hye Out, during a protest against South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on a main street in Seoul, South Korea - Sputnik International
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A South Korean court allowed farmers driving about 800 tractors to join a scheduled anti-government rally with a restriction on parking the vehicles.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Seoul Administrative Court's ruling, the farmers are not allowed to park their heavy vehicles anywhere in the capital during the rally against the country's president, Park Geun-hye, set to be held on Saturday, or drive anywhere near the presidential office, the Korea Times newspaper reported on Friday.

"Although we expect there will be a heavy traffic jam at the time of the rally, we decided to grant an injunction because only 800 farmers will participate in the rally, and the federation will also dispatch 80 people to maintain order … Considering the meaning that the freedom of rally and protest has in a democratic society, it is difficult to find a logical reason to ban their protest," the court said, as quoted by the newspaper.

Protesters hold candles during an anti-government rally in central Seoul on November 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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