ON SUNDAY of last week two Korean socialists, Kim Woo-yong and Chang Ho-chul, were arrested by the South Korean police. The arrest shows the true nature of Roh Moo-hyun's government, which claims to be democratic. Chang has now been released, but Kim is still in custody. Trade unions and left organisations like the All Together group have organised protests against the arrest and are demanding Kim's release.
As members of All Together, Kim and Chang have been protesting against the Special Economic Zone Act, one of the government's neo-liberal policies. They have also organised an unofficial strike against the increase in work intensity in the Kia Motor plant.
Kim Woo-yong is a rep for the Kia Motor trade union. He has played an important role in building the Globalise From Below anti-capitalist network in South Korea. Together with Chang, Kim has also been active in organising an anti-war meeting inside the Kia Motor plant.