This is a video about a South Korean police crackdown on protestors against import of beef with BSE risks.
From British weekly Socialist Worker:
South Koreans protest at Bush
Twenty thousand police were deployed to protect the US president from demonstrators.
The protesters are angry over the South Korean government’s decision to resume beef imports from the US – despite fears the beef may be contaminated with BSE (mad cow disease).
Over a million people have marched against the imports.
President Lee-Myung bak described the alliance with the US as “the backbone of South Korean diplomacy”.
US beef arrives in South Korea amid protests, lawsuits, and crackdowns: here.
Repression of South Korean trade unions: here.
The Japanese government announced late last month it would lift the existing tariff rate for imported beef from a number of countries, chief among them the United States. From August 1, the tariff on US frozen beef exports to Japan was due to increase to 50 percent, up from the previous rate of 38.5 percent: here.
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