S. Korean filibuster against anti-terror bill enters 5th day

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s opposition lawmakers are continuing their non-stop speeches for a fifth straight day in parliament to block a vote on a government-backed anti-terrorism bill they say would threaten personal freedoms and privacy if passed into law.

Jung Cheong Rae was talking for more than 8 hours as of Saturday afternoon as the 17th lawmaker to take the podium since opposition lawmakers decided on Tuesday to resort to a filibuster, the country’s first since 1969.

President Park Geun-hye and her ruling Saenuri Party have endorsed the bill granting greater power to Seoul’s main spy agency to investigate individuals and groups, pointing to threats posed by North Korea.

Opposition lawmakers say the bill doesn’t have sufficient measures to prevent the agency from abusing its powers for civilian surveillance.