Sunday, December 29, 2013

100,000 on general strike and protests in South Korea yesterday

Up to 100,000 youth and workers participated in strikes and protests in South Korea yesterday, Seoul Plaza and the surrounding streets were packed.  As we reported earlier the police have clamped down on workers and arrested labor officials. The strike has been called in response to that and to head of attempts by the South Korean government to privatize the rail system.

Protests were also against the corruption and election scandals surrounding president Park Guen-Hye’s government. Park has been likened to Britain’s Margaret Thatcher and is the daughter of the late President and dictator Park Chung-Hee.13,000 police were mobilized to handle the protests and strikes. There are more general strike planned ahead.

Here is a video of young people, many of them young women singing revolutionary songs :

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