• Bus Passengers Get Prison Time For Violence Over Face Mask Rules
(Photo: Yonhap News)
(Photo: Yonhap News)
A Seoul court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for reacting violently to a bus driver who asked him to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Judicial sources said Thursday that the Seoul Central District Court found the 57-year-old man guilty of obstructing a bus driver on duty last August while he was on probation for a separate crime.

The defendant cursed at the bus driver who asked him to put on a mask, then created a disturbance on the bus for some 15 minutes and refused to disembark after the driver repeatedly stressed the importance of following antivirus rules on public transportation, according to the sources.

In a similar case, another bus passenger in his 60s was sentenced to one and a half years behind bars last week for assaulting a bus driver and other passengers who demanded he properly wear a mask.

Last October, a 61-year-old Seoul man was given a 10-month jail term for refusing to follow mask rules and using violence against a bus driver.
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