Lengthy filibusters are most common in the U.S., with none more famous than Strom Thurmond’s 24-hour stand against civil rights legislation in 1957. But the tactic of speechifying to block a bill’s passage is also used around the world. On Feb. 23, South Korean lawmakers broke records attempting to block legislation. Here’s more on that and other lengthy filibusters.
The eight-day attempt to block an antiterrorism bill saw 39 lawmakers, including Lee Jong-kul, launch speeches. Before the filibuster’s comeback in 2012, legislators would wrest control of the chamber through violent shoving and stacking furniture.
This marathon filibuster in 2011 was a team affair, with 103 lawmakers making back-to-back 20-minute speeches to halt a bill on union contracts. Stalling tactics aren’t rare in Canada: Ontario lawmakers delayed a bill for 10 days in 1997 by adding 11,000 amendments.
The country’s Social Democrats launched a series of speeches in 1925 in opposition to a former Finance Minister’s becoming chairman of a committee. One lawmaker named Witternigg prolonged his monologue over two entire days by uttering two words every minute.
This appears in the March 21, 2016 issue of TIME.
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