National Police Commissioner General Kim Chang-yong
The National Police Agency will set up nearly 100 checkpoints across the capital region on October 3 to prevent protestors from entering Seoul for planned anti-government rallies.
There are concerns such gatherings could lead to another wave of coronavirus infections, similar to what happened after Liberation Day rallies held last month.
NPA Commissioner General Kim Chang-yong told police leadership during a videoconference Friday that the checkpoints will be installed throughout the capital, along the city limits and at Han River bridges.
Many people who plan to stage or participate in rallies on Foundation Day are said to live in outlying provinces.
The police chief also said all available officers and equipment will be used to block gatherings from taking place if people do come together near Gwanghwamun in central Seoul.
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