Police detain S Korean union head over violent protests

(From AP)

After a prolonged standoff, South Korean police on Thursday detained a labor union official for his alleged involvement in organizing anti-government protests that turned violent in November.

Han Sang-gyun

Han Sang-gyun

In a massive show of force, more than 2,000 uniformed police officers surrounded a Buddhist temple where Korean Confederation of Trade Unions President Han Sang-gyun had been holed up for nearly a month.

The swarm of police, which cut off streets around the stately Jogyesa Temple in downtown Seoul, has become a common sight as thousands have gathered in recent months to protest what they see as worsening labor conditions and an attack on personal and political freedoms by conservative President Park Geun-hye. Read More


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