South Korea police clash with 70,000 protesters at anti-government Seoul rally | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


South Korea police clash with 70,000 protesters at anti-government Seoul rally

The rally united the supporters of various labor, agricultural and civil organizations protesting the government's drive to change labor laws, open protected markets for some agricultural goods and impose state-issued school textbooks in 2017.

The proposed labor laws would allow companies to keep wages low and fire workers and activists, according to the militant Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU).

Earlier on Saturday, KCTU activists scuffled with scores of plainclothes policemen who tried to arrest the confederation's president, Han Sang-goon, during a news conference.

"If lawmakers try to pass the (government's) bill that will make labor conditions worse, we will respond with a general strike, and that will probably be in early December," said Han, minutes before fleeing, while his colleagues prevented the police from getting to him
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Seoul authorities had issued an arrest warrant for Han after he failed to appear in court in connection with his role in organizing a May protest that turned violent.
Fear of distorting history

The government's bid to issue history textbooks for middle and high schools also sparked strong criticism in the Asian nation.
South Korea was ruled by Park Geun-hye's father, military dictator Park Chung-hee, in the 1960s and 1970s.

Although the books have not yet been written, activists fear that the Park administration would attempt to whitewash the transgressions of her father's rule.

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70,000 protesters...and not even one brief mention by Western whorespondents?!?

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