Seoul police put off operation to arrest union leader holed up in temple

(Korea Times)

Police put off operations to arrest an umbrella union leader who is holed up in Jogye Temple in central Seoul, Wednesday, after accepting senior monks’ mediation proposal.

Gu Eun-su (R), commissioner of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, arrives at Jogye Temple in downtown Seoul to meet with senior monks and seek their help in arresting a union leader taking shelter at the temple

Gu Eun-su (R), commissioner of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, arrives at Jogye Temple to seek the help of senior monks in arresting a union leader holed up there

After sealing off the temple’s entrance to prevent Han Sang-gyun, head of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), from escaping, more than 1,000 police officers set out to arrest him at 4 pm, the police-set deadline for Han to come out voluntarily. Police earlier said they would enter the temple premises to arrest Han for organizing illegal rallies unless he failed to surrender by that time.

Some 50 union members and monks resisted the operation in front of the building where Han was staying, only to be quelled by police. Some sustained minor injuries during the clash.

About an hour after the confrontation, Ven. Jaseung, president of the Jogye Order, held a press conference to urge both police and the KCTU to stop the clashes, saying he would solve the issue of Han’s stay. Read More



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