Police turn water cannons and tear gas on protesters as Seoul demonstration turns violent
- More than 60,000 turned out for a protest in Seoul against President Park Geunt-hye’s policies, which ended abruptly when police clashed with participants attempting to move through barricades.
- Around 10 protesters were injured and some 50 were arrested in the largest street protest of President Park’s term.
- The protesters–including 53 labor, agriculture, and other civic groups–were demonstrating against President Park’s labor reforms reducing employee job security and textbook reforms perceived as whitewashing Korea’s authoritarian history.
“Police detain 49 protesters” (The Korea Times)
“South Korea vows no tolerance after violent protest in Seoul” (Reuters)
“S Korea protesters clash with police in Seoul” (BBC)
(Image Credit: Choi Won-suk/The Korea Times)