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South Korean lawmakers try first filibuster since 1969 to block anti-terrorism bill

South Korean lawmakers try first filibuster since 1969 to block anti-terrorism bill

Wearing a white sweater and a blue blazer, her eyes framed by round spectacles, Eun Soo-mi looked more like a librarian than a political saboteur as she approached the podium in South Korea’s parliament at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

With the quiet resolve of an endurance athlete, the 52-year-old member of the Minjoo Party embarked upon her mission: to speak for 10 hours as part of opposition lawmakers’ effort to block a vote on controversial anti-terrorism legislation with a filibuster – a highly unusual move that South Korea hasn’t seen in more than 45 years.

Lawmakers from the Saenuri Party, a conservative party that holds a majority in the chamber,...

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