South Korean dictator’s daughter emulating her father?


This video says about itself:

10 December 2015

A top South Korean union leader wanted by the police has surrendered after being holed up for weeks in a Buddhist temple.

Hundreds of officers turned out to arrest Han Sang-gyun, the head of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.

Han was wanted for questioning over an anti-government protest that turned violent last month.

The union leader has been speaking out about controversial government plans to reform labour laws, urging people to protest.

Before being taken into custody, Han said he would continue to fight against the government’s policies.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

South Korea: Detention of union leader sparks huge Seoul march

Monday 21st December 2015

THOUSANDS of South Koreans marched in Seoul at the weekend, blowing horns and banging tambourines to protest against the arrest of a senior trade unionist over violence at an earlier anti-government protest.

Prosecutors are considering indicting arrested Korean Confederation of Trade Unions president Han Sang-gyun for sedition, a charge unseen in South Korean courts since the military dictatorship of the 1980s.

Under South Korean law, sedition is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Saturday’s demonstration was the latest in a series of recent mass protests against the government of right-wing President Park Geun Hye.

Ms Park has been criticised for her increasingly harsh treatment of union members resisting her drive to deregulate labour markets.

The demonstrators, who were also carrying banners calling on the president to step down, marched through the city centre under heavy police surveillance.

The march took the demonstrators past the hospital where 69-year-old farmer Baek Nam Ki remains in a coma after being hit by a close-range blast from a water cannon during a huge rally on November 14, where dozens of protesters were hurt in clashes with police.

The government has clamped down on labour and civic groups involved in last month’s rally, holding them responsible for the violence.

Its aggressive stance towards protesters has raised alarm at Ms Park’s intolerance of dissent.

Prosecutors have recently pushed several criminal defamation cases against journalists and activists who have attacked the president.

There is also widespread resistance to the government requiring schools to use only history textbooks that whitewash the dictatorships that stain South Korea’s previous history.

Ms Park is the daughter of assassinated military dictator Park Chung Hee, whose legacy is marked by a brutal record of civil oppression.

There is also widespread frustration among the young at joblessness and inequality.

The leader of South Korea’s second largest labor organization, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has been charged with sedition following his arrest last month. The KCTU has been accused of planning violent acts at a rally in November as well as other “illegal” demonstrations in the past. The charge of sedition has not been used in South Korea since 1986 and represents a deepening of the government’s suppression of political dissent: here.

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