The Marmot's Hole Blogger
6/21/2003
 
Strike, Strike, everywhere a strike strike...

Jesus H. Christ, what is this place...France? Joining the striking Chohung Bank employees were 15,000 members of the Korean Teachers Union (KTU) who took collective leave yesterday to protest the government's new school online data system. Said Hwang Jin-woo, KTU chief official in charge of elementary school teachers:

Our struggle against the NEIS [New Education Information System] stems from the idea that the system infringes on students' privacy. Therefore, the struggle will not end only with this strike.
The government has threatened to file criminal complaints against the teachers. Prime Minister Goh Kun warned, "KTU's collective leave will be strictly dealt with in order to protect the students's right to education." In response, the KTU has threatened to take further action should the government attempt to punish any of its members for the strike. Said Hwang, "If the government tries to punish any of us, we will again start another struggle in protest against that. We are an organization of more than 90,000 members." [Marmot's note: do these Marxist bastards do anything else other than "struggle"?]

Farmers also joined the fun, clogging the nation's highways with their vehicles to protest the recently signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Chile that currently awaits submission to the National Assembly for ratification. Reports the Dong-A Ilbo:

Korea Farmers League and the Coalition of female farmers` association held a demonstration with 1000 farmers and members of National Agricultural Cooperative Federation and Livestock Cooperative in front of the headquarter of Kookmin Bank at Yeouido, Seoul. Friday. They were protesting against the passing of the bill on FTA between Korea and Chile. 10,000 farmers from 97 cities and counties at first planned to drive to Seoul to participate in the demonstration. But most of them failed to do so due to the strong measures from the police.

200 farmers from Farmers` Association in Jinju held a demonstration by standing their 150 vehicles at Munsan InterChange on Namhae express way and around Jinju tunnel from 11 a.m. Friday, causing severe traffic congestion until the afternoon.

The same traffic jam happened at about 20 ICs in Kyeongnam Province as police tried to block farmers from driving into expressway. 40 farmers from Kyeongnam Province were arrested. 50 farmers from Farmers` association in Naju si also struggled with the police for 3 hours with their 50 vehicles occupying Honam Expressway around Baegyangsa restaurant, paralyzing the traffic in the area. Farmers, then, drove into the expressway individually and drove at a slow speed of 50 km per hour.

Similar traffic jams also occured in North Cholla Province, North Kyongsang Province, and North Chungchong Province. The protesting farmers are concerned that the lifting of import tariffs against Chilean agricultural imports will lead to the collapse of Korean agriculture.

Well, at least they aren't protesting against the Americans...

 
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