Class Struggle in Korea

July 21, 2009 at 10:57 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve posted a couple of reports about the class war in Korea. This is the latest from Loren Goldner. 

Also check accounts and discussions at  – Fischer


This is an up-to-date report on the situation of the Ssangyong strike, by a worker from a nearby plant.

This is the biggest class confrontation in Korea in years.

I have a way to send money directly to the rank-and-file (not the union bureaucrats). If anyone wants to help, contact me off list. It’s the least we can do.

Loren Goldner

As We finished night shift work at o5:30 this morning, we went to Pyungtaek in front of gate of Ssangyong where the struggles going on just like yesterday.

At around 09:00 to 10:00 there are many buses loaded with riot police were arriving around the gate, and approximately 20 cars for fire fighting are arriving also.

and as 2,000 riot police are tring to access near paint plant, the workers are responding with a slingshot and sometimes molotov coctails. That slingshot is too big and using bolt and nut as a bullet, so it’s distance is so long ( 200 ~ 300m)as to attack enemy shockingly.

As Tires that were installed in an effort to defend are burning, the black smoke is covering all the sky of factory areas.

The company cut off water and gas supplies and enforced a blockade providing all materal for workers from outside, even medical supplies, /maybe firstly, they are trying to use a wearing down strategy in order to get workers out of paint plant spontaneously.

After coming back from that battle site for today’s night work, I heard news that the police helicopter are spreading tear gas against workrs who are fighting on the housetops.

As of 21 Jul. today
The KCTU declared general strike mainly for supporting Ssangyong strike from 22 to 24th Jul. and slated for nationa wide labor rally on 25th Sat Jul.

and the KMWU, the main affiliated power of KCTU will be launcing part strike on 22 and 24 in support of this strike and on going negotiation .

Hence, tomorrow more than 5,000 members would be at the centeral gate of Ssang yong, and fightings will tale place again.


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