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Emergency Demonstration for South Korean rail workers, San Francisco, Dec 27 2013
by Richard Chen
Sunday Dec 29th, 2013 10:56 AM
A solidarity rally was held for Korean Railway Workers Union and the KCTU on December 27, 2013 at the San Francisco Korean consulate. Participants defended the Korean railway strikers and called for the victory of the general strike.
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Emergency Demonstration for South Korean rail workers, San Francisco, Dec 27 2013

Published on Dec 29, 2013
On December 22nd, the South Korean government under right-wing President Park Geun-hye attacked the offices of the KCTU (Korean Confederation of Trade Unions) with 4,600 police in an attempt to break the longest rail strike in South Korean history. The strike was started in an attempt to stop the government from privatizing the rail system.

120 unionists were arrested in the illegal raid, during which police used pepper spray and fired tear gas into the union offices. More than 8,000 KORAIL workers have been suspended from their jobs. The government seeks to imprison the rail union leaders, and claimed that they were hiding out in the KCTU building, even though none of them were found there during the raid.

Following the attack, an emergency demonstration was called by the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee at the South Korean Consulate in San Francisco on December 27th in conjunction with demonstrations in other cities around the world, including Hong Kong, Tokyo, Istanbul, Paris and Sao Paulo.

The KCTU announced a General Strike on December 28th. Although it is not calling for an all-out rail strike, it has announced additional nationwide general strikes on January 9th and 16th.

A supporter of the Korean working class has a poster to carry on the struggle of Korean labor martyr Jeon Tae-il who protested the conditions of Korean workers by committing suicide.
§Speakers at Korean general strike rally
by Richard Chen Sunday Dec 29th, 2013 10:56 AM
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Speakers at the Korean general strike rally in Seoul
§Jeon Tae-il poster
by Richard Chen Sunday Dec 29th, 2013 10:56 AM
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Jeon Tae-il is a national labor hero in South Korea who gave his life to organize garment workers.