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South Korean rail strike intensifies

(Source: Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2013)

NEW YORK -- A standoff between the South Korean government and railroad workers intensified over the weekend as police forced their way into the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions headquarters to arrest a handful of union leaders.

On Sunday morning, violence erupted as police tore down the front door of the 18-story building and sprayed water and tear gas over protesters who confronted the police, arguing that forcible entry wasn’t legitimate because the court had issued an arrest warrant, not a search and seizure warrant. Police hauled away around 140 union members on charges of obstruction of justice. But despite a nine-hour search, the union leaders, as it turned out, had already fled the building.

Full story: Wall Street Journal

Monday, December 23, 2013

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