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Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:12 PM

Happening now- Korea

HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans are participating in a general strike to protest the government's election-rigging and union-busting.


The South Korean police - 4,000 of them- attacked a Union Labor HQ's several days ago, without a valid search warrant.

Today, hundreds of thousands of workers went on strike and are protesting the action.

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SHARE to show solidarity with workers standing up!

More photos here: http://bit.ly/1dJROcd

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Reply Happening now- Korea (Original post)
James48 Dec 2013 OP
abelenkpe Dec 2013 #1
kelliekat44 Dec 2013 #19
Teamster Jeff Dec 2013 #2
cinnabonbon Dec 2013 #3
Scuba Dec 2013 #4
WowSeriously Dec 2013 #6
Enthusiast Dec 2013 #27
CrispyQ Dec 2013 #33
Scuba Dec 2013 #35
WillyT Dec 2013 #5
WHEN CRABS ROAR Dec 2013 #7
Blue_In_AK Dec 2013 #11
AZ Progressive Dec 2013 #17
Plucketeer Dec 2013 #21
Demo_Chris Dec 2013 #8
James48 Dec 2013 #9
iandhr Dec 2013 #10
James48 Dec 2013 #14
madrchsod Dec 2013 #15
madrchsod Dec 2013 #12
magical thyme Dec 2013 #13
SunSeeker Dec 2013 #18
factsarenotfair Dec 2013 #28
BelgianMadCow Dec 2013 #16
jtuck004 Dec 2013 #20
NBachers Dec 2013 #23
jtuck004 Dec 2013 #24
Enthusiast Dec 2013 #26
Nanjing to Seoul Dec 2013 #22
totodeinhere Dec 2013 #30
rhett o rick Dec 2013 #36
totodeinhere Dec 2013 #38
rhett o rick Dec 2013 #39
Nanjing to Seoul Dec 2013 #40
Enthusiast Dec 2013 #25
MrScorpio Dec 2013 #29
iamthebandfanman Dec 2013 #31
L0oniX Dec 2013 #32
Overseas Dec 2013 #34
Uncle Joe Dec 2013 #37
davidpdx Jan 2014 #41

Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:15 PM

1. Good for them. If only Americans would do the same nt

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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 07:02 PM

19. If only. This should happen world-wide, a workers protest of the 2%, poor pay and poor conditions

It could make a huge difference if all peoples everywhere could stick it out for just one week.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:22 PM

2. K&R

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:30 PM

3. K and R

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:44 PM

4. Meanwhile, in the US of A ...

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Response to Scuba (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:58 PM

6. American Sheeple

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 02:50 AM

27. And look where it has gotten us. First they got everyone to make concessions.

Remember concessions? It didn't do any good. They still outsourced.

I guess we need to go back to strikes. It seems to be the only language corporations understand.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 12:03 PM

33. Geez, what happened in 1980?

I know many democrats who voted for him.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #33)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 01:58 PM

35. Ask the Air Traffic Controllers. They might know.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:44 PM

5. HUGE K & R !!!


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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 05:28 PM

7. We should learn from this.

But I don't hold out too much hope.

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Response to WHEN CRABS ROAR (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:06 PM

11. Americans have been so brainwashed

by the concept of "American exceptionalism," "land of the free," etc. etc. etc. that they will never open their eyes to the gross injustices going on here. Now they're convincing people who can't find work that it's somehow their fault and that they deserve to suffer.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:53 PM

17. The Rich in America have mastered the art of propaganda

And that's why they have been able to keep the American people from turning against them, they have succeeded where other rich people have failed. Even Calvinist Protestantism (brought by the puritans) in this country was used to justify the exorbitant wealth of the rich.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 11:50 PM

21. +1000

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 05:32 PM

8. KICK!@

 

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:03 PM

9. More on the background-

This started out a few weeks ago as a protest against privatization of rail lines- and the government
arrested Union leaders - now the people are responding.

Here is some background-

http://www.themilitant.com/2014/7801/780103.html

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:04 PM

10. "protest the government's election-rigging and union-busting."

Can someone please enlighten me on the background.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:24 PM

12. the korean unions do not fuck around....

the unions have fought pitched battles with korean army troops and tanks. there was a lot of blood shed and lives lost and it wasn't all that long ago.

what`s next...tanks?

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:28 PM

13. The 1% will simply move their operations to a non-union country

It's easy to blame Americans for not protesting. The Koreans are new to the game. They have not yet been taught that if they demand a living wage and common decency, the 1% will either put them down or pack up and move.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #13)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 07:02 PM

18. Yup, it'll only work if worker unions go global, like corporations have. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #18)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 02:53 AM

28. That's a very good point.

I wonder if any unions are working on going international.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 06:53 PM

16. Thanks for posting! HUGE K & R

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 10:34 PM

20. Is Dancing With the Stars on tonight? n/t

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #20)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 02:19 AM

23. It's a rerun with Tom Delay and Tonya Harding; Linda Tripp and Ollie North are the judges.

It's an NPR fundraising event, hosted by Cokie Roberts.

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Response to NBachers (Reply #23)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 02:26 AM

24. The American way. Freedum. n/t

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Response to NBachers (Reply #23)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 02:47 AM

26. LOL!

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 02:02 AM

22. South Korea is pretty much controlled by about seven corporations

 

Samsung
LG
Hyundai
Kia
Anycall
Daewoo
Lotte

And the usual suspects of control around the world, mostly Yum Brands and McDonald's.

South Korea is about two steps away from the authoritarian rule they had under Rhee Syungman.

Good luck workers. . .good luck labor unions. Solidarity!

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Response to Nanjing to Seoul (Reply #22)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 10:55 AM

30. But yet the life of the average South Korean is much better than life

experienced by most of their counterparts in North Korea. Yet I don't see any threads complaining about the way things are run in North Korea. I am not defending anti-union activities anywhere, but a bit of perspective is in order I think.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #30)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 02:02 PM

36. I guess I get to be the first to throw the BS flag.

When you say: "I am not defending anti-union activities anywhere, but" it means you are going to defend anti-union activities but you are going to try to be clever about it.

Granted life is much better in South Korea but that doesnt make it unimportant when the South Koreans want it better. You are saying essentially, that the South Koreans should be grateful they dont live in the North and kowtow to their bosses.

And more of the same: "I don't see any threads complaining about the way things are run in North Korea." This is a news item. You seem to suggest that for every article about South Korea, there needs to be at least one about North Korea.

This is what I read into your post. If I am wrong, please clarify.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #36)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 04:18 PM

38. Yes, you are wrong. You seem to want to put the worst possible interpretation on

my comments. Well, I guess that's par for the course for Internet message boards. But be that as it may when I said ""I am not defending anti-union activities anywhere" I meant it. When I say something I wish that failing any evidence to the contrary you would take my word for it. I am not questioning your honesty and I wish you would offer me that same courtesy. If you care enough to investigate you can do a search for previous comments I have made at DU and you will see that I have often made comments defending unions and I haven't ever made any anti-union comments.

Look at my comments in this thread for instance.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1016&pid=70720

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #38)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 05:36 PM

39. If I misunderstood your intention, I apologize. But you seemed to make light of

this protest by pointing out that life is better than in the North. No one here is claiming that life in North Korea is any better.

I guess I didnt understand your point.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #30)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 10:48 PM

40. Perspective? Trying living there for two years like I did before moving to China.

 

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 02:46 AM

25. This is inspirational.

The INTERNATIONAL FASCISTS won't like it.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 08:26 AM

29. Korea's always good for a lively demonstration

It was that way back in the 80-'s too when I was there.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 11:42 AM

31. These things tend to happen

when you go around the world installing right wing nationalists as your 'safe guard' against those darn commies.

the south Korean government has been corrupt since its conception.

I do support our being in South Korea tho.. and I do support protecting the people of South Korea from their neighbor to the north...

this was part of the deal we agreed to after WW2 after all... and the Korean peninsula being taken from the Japanese who had oppressed them since the 1910's.

if the Chinese and north Koreans hadn't invaded shortly after the end of WW2, no telling what relations may have been by now...
not that I don't blame the Chinese for taking their civil war victory (with the help of north Koreans) and reciprocating it to their struggling party members to the south... would seem like a pretty good strategic thing to do I suppose...
tho im sure the Russians made it sound way easier than it ended up being.. the UN barely had any forces there after all...





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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 12:00 PM

32. SOLIDARITY!

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 01:32 PM

34. K&R. Glad to hear it.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2013, 02:11 PM

37. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, James.

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Response to James48 (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2014, 08:30 AM

41. I'm in Korea and heard about this as well

It is worth noting that the freedom of speech and assembly are much weaker in Korea than the US. Last I heard about this the workers were fired. I don't actively read the papers here because most of the ones in English are either written poorly or full of propaganda.

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