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Korean Government Pays Demonstrators At SF Korean Consulate To Support Park Geun-hye Gov
The Korean government San Francisco Consulate paid mostly elderly Korean women to protest in support of the Park Geun-hye government. Some retired Korean military staff also tried to assault a Korean American who was at the rally to support the Korean workers who are fighting privatization of the KORAIL system and face prison and repression
Korean Government Pays Demonstrators At SF Korean Consulate To Support Park Geun-hye government
The Korean Consulate in San Francisco on January 17, 2014 in response to a solidarity rally for Korean Railway Workers Union
and the KCTU mobilization on December 18 paid counter-demonstrators to try to stop and intimidate
supporters of the Korean working class.
They were infuriated when a banner of the Korean Transport Workers Union was unveiled in front of the Korean consulate
in solidarity with Korean Railway Workers Union leaders who have been arrested and bullied by the government.
They also physically assaulted a Korean American who was at the rally supporting the Korean workers. The organizing
committee set up a defense guard to stop the attempted intimidation and assaults to silence supporters of the
Korean workers struggle.
The rally which has been the second since the attack on the KWRU was initiated by the Transport
Workers Solidarity Committee brought trade unions and activists from around the bay
area. Representatives of the AFT 2121, San Francisco Occupy, and San Francisco Labor Council Social And Economic Justice Committee
participated in the rally.
Speakers in support of the KRWU and KCTU tied the Trans Pacifica Partnership TPP and KORUS trade agreements to privatization and attacks on workers in Korea and the US.
Organizers later learned from reporters at the rally that the Korean government had paid mostly elderly women
to carry signs supporting the Park government, the National Security Laws and he construction of the Naval
Base on JeJu Island. Korean government supporters told Korean labor supporters that they could not put sign up
on the fence next to the consulate but put up pro-governmen signs that they had made with support of the Consulate.
Despite physical efforts to push the labor protesters away it was unsuccessful and after an hour the pro-government
protesters gave up and were asking the TWSC organizers when the protest could end so they could take their
paid pro-government demonstrators home.
Supporters of the solidarity action also told the Korean media that pro-labor demonstrators had been paid to come to
the rally and were representing North Korea. They held signs supporting the National Security Law, the construction of
the JeJu military base and attacking the Korean workers who are fighting privatization of KORAIL
The next mobilization will be on February 25, 2014 when there will be a national action against the Park government
in South Korea. The government has used repressive measures against the railway workers, teachers and public
worker and the KCTU to stop their opposition of privatization by the Park Geun-hye government.
For more information go to http://www.transportworkers.org
The Korean government paid supporters to defend the government's policies and the building of the JeJu military base
Protesters demanded the smashing of the Korean National Security Law which has been used to repress workers and terrorize those opposed to the militarization of the Korean peninsula
Protestors opposed the privatization of the KORAIL public rail system and compared it to privatization of education in the US
Korea Railway Workers Union Leader President Kim Myong-hwan facing jail for leading 22 day strike. The court questioned him after prosecutors sought a detention warrant against him for allegedly instigating a 22-day strike by the union. He was taken to Yongsan Police Station in central Seoul after the court appearance.
The SF Korean Consulate allowed pro-government posters to be placed on a fence in front of the consulate.
When Korean labor supporter raised a banner of the Korean Transport Workers Union at the consulate Korean government supporters became enraged and angry
San Francisco city college teachers who face privatization brought their banner to the rally in support of Korean Railway workers and teachers and public workers in Korea
The Korean government according to reporters paid demonstrators to come to the consulate to support the governments attacks on Korean workers and the construction of the JeJu military base
The Korean San Francisco Consulate mobilized Korea military retirees to threaten and intimidate supporters of the Korean Railway Workers Union and KCTU.