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PHOTO: South Korean Labor and Civic Groups Stage Strike

Categories: East Asia, South Korea, Breaking News, Citizen Media, Labor, Photography, Politics, Protest

Timed with the start of President Park Geun-hye's second year in office, about 40 thousand South Koreans (police estimate 15 thousand) held protests [1] across the country. The demonstration, spearheaded by Korean Confederation of Trade Unions [2], calls halt to a clampdown on labor groups, the government's move towards privatization of public sector and cover-up of the presidential election manipulation scandal [3]. Prominent citizen journalist Media Mongu tweeted a photo [4] of the protest (embedded below). More photos can be found in the union's Facebook page [5] [ko].

General strike, at the Seoul City Hall Plaza. It is fully packed.