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Police battle workers in S Korea

Issue No. 1737

Over 4,000 riot police stormed into a Daewoo Motors plant in South Korea last week. They stormed the building to smash up a four day long sit-in by 700 sacked workers and their families fighting for their jobs. The security forces broke down barricades with forklift trucks and excavators.

Many workers were viciously beaten and 76 were taken away for questioning. The police detained seven union leaders. Riot police also smashed up demonstrations in solidarity with the workers outside the Pupyong plant just outside the capital, Seoul. Heavy fighting continued the following day between the riot police and Daewoo workers, this time joined by students. The occupation began when the company announced 1,750 sackings, including many important union activists and militants in the plant.

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Sat 3 Mar 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1737
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