in South Korea
Joint Struggle Headqurters Against Daewoo Mortors Solidarity
2001. 4. 10
Oppresion of Workers (11:14)
On the 10th of April, In-Chon was
the site of a total state
of unlawfulness, on the part of the
The local court had issued an order for the police to
the entrance of layed off workers to their union offices.
the police illegally blocked their entrance and
the brutal attack on
the workers was nothing short of attempted
murder. 45 workers were
seriously hurt and 20 were arrested.
Even the trade union lawyer
was beaten and is being treated
at the hospital.
Jun.B.K. : Nose, ribs broken,
may lose eyesight
Hong.S.P. : 2 ribs broken, burst lung
Kim.R.K. : Broken leg, face beaten with police club
: Difficulty breathing, signs of speech impediment
: Broken rib, 7 stitches on knee
Jung.K.C. : Both hands broken
by police clubs
Lee.T.S. : Paralyzed below waist
: cerebral paralysis
Jung.S.T. : Injured back
7 stitches on head, broken right arm
Park.B.J. : Fingers on
right hand broken
Lee.H.S. : Broken rib
Jung.S.Y. : 10 stitches
on head and leg
Kim.C.S. : Paralyzed beneath waist
2001. 3. 1
At the site of the struggle
at Yonsei University
National Independence day, the struggle by the Daewoo workers moved
2001. 2. 28 :
Struggle in the Streets of In-Chon
On the day the Korean Metal
Workers Federation went on partial strike in solidarity with the
workers at Daewoo, the struggle of the Daewoo Trade Union and supporters
once again intensified in the streets of In-Chon. Protestors
had to evade police oppression and move to a different site to voice
their outrage at the government's actions.
2001. 2. 24 : Bu-Pyung
rally blocked by police, protestors engange in intense struggle
at nearby university
Feb. 24th, Bu-pyung station,
where the demonstration against layoffs and the attack by police
of the Daewoo strike was scheduled, resembled a state of martial
law as police filled the area around the station. Police beat
and arrested anyone who seemed a protestor. Protestors regathered
at a nearby university and stacked barricades in the middle of a
8-lane street, and collided violently with police arriving to disperse
2001. 2. 23.
: Kim Woo-Choong Arrest Team Departs for France (3:20)
To France, to arrest Kim Woo-Choong!
The departure ceremony for the arrest team, which had
been delayed by the police raid of the Bu-Pyung factory, was held on
the 23rd. A laid off Daewoo Motors union member, the spokesman for
the Daewoo Motors Joint Struggle Committee, and the director of
organization for the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions constitute
the arrest team. The team will attempt to track down Kim Woo-Choong,
denounce the police raid of the strike in solidarity with progressive
organizations in each country, and inform the people of the
atrocities of the neo-liberal policies of the Kim Day-Jung government.
2001. 2. 22. : Clash at In-Chon
Bu-Pyung Station was again block
by police on the 22nd, and the workers and students gathered at
In-Chon University to hold demonstrations in protest. Violent
clashes again ensued.
2001. 2. 21.
The site of the crack down on the
demonstration scheduled at Bu-Pyung on the 21st. Holding a
demonstration was impossible from the start, and dozens(including
bystanders and reporters) were hurt and arrested.
2001. 2. 21.
While police were violently cracking
down on the scheduled strike at Bu-Pyung station, about 50 of the
protestors headed to a nearby highway, occupied 3 of the lanes,
and marched for about 2 kilometers in protest of the govenment's
2001. 2. 20. (3:20)
Demonstration to Denounce Police
Raid - Struggle to Re-enter Factory
In the afternoon of the 20th, a demonstration
to denounce the police raid of the Daewoo Motors strike was held
with 2000 workers and students participating. After the rally, participants
marched toward the Bu-Pyung Factory, and collided with police attempting
to stop the march. Clashes between protestors and police
ensued, with Molotov cocktails being thrown and a police buses being
burnt in the process.
2001. 2. 19.
2001. 2. 18. Daewoo Motors
Arrest warrants have been put out
on 30 of the union leaders at Daewoo Motors since the 17th,
and all the entrances to the Bu-Pyung factory are being blocked
by police. Around noon on the 18th, union members and their family,
social movement activists collided with police while attempting
to enter the family. Many were hurt and several were arrested.
Daewoo workers need you Support!!
Solidarity to the Workers at Daewoo Motors!!
workers have declared an all out struggle against the
largest lay-offs ever in Korea, amidst brutal suppression
from the government. The workers of Daewoo Motors had
already been several strikes on and off during the last
9 months, but the struggle reached its peak on the 16th
of February as the union announced an indefinite general
strike against management's official announcement that
1,750 workers would be layed off. The management had
made some revisions to its demands, for example, insisting
that 400 of the 1,780 will be given 2 year leave without
wages, but the union did not make any compromises.
has shut down the Bu-pyung plant where all of 1,750
to be laid off are working, but the union has called
for the workers to keep working, organize education
sessions and struggles. The police sent 2,000 riot police
to the Bu-pyung plant and blocked the gates to prevent
the workers who, having received their 'pink-slips'
by post, came to the plant to join the demonstrations.
Family members of the laid-off workers have also come
to the plant in anguish to join forces with the striking
workers. The management hired 300 'security' thugs to
fight the workers, and on 19th February, the government
took affirmative action and sent thousands of riot police
to the plant to bread up the strike. The police thoroughly
ignored the children of the workers who had come hanging
on their mothers' backs, broke through the gates and
forcefully dispersed the workers, causing many injuries.
suppression of the struggle at the Bu-Pyung plant, the
workers are now out on the streets. On the 20th, 2,000
workers and students demonstrated at the Bu-pyung Station
and fought vigorously with molotov cocktails. They continued
onto the next day. But the police closed off and
blocked the demonstrators even before they had commenced.
The demonstrators instead ran onto the highway and marched
approximately 2km towards Seoul. On the 23rd, one worker
who could not bear out the burden of being laid-off
committed suicide. On the 24th, the police once again
chased the workers and students who were trying to come
together at the Bu-pyung Station. Some demonstrators
were even driven onto the rails and were injured. The
demonstrators then took over a road but were chased
again into a nearby university and fought until dusk.
8 buses with supporting workers and family members also
joined the barricades. More than 2,000 workers fought
around the country the same day.
We are witnessing
once again, how the economic crisis is brought on and
used by the capitalist to throw workers onto the streets,
weaken workers' power and bloat the wealth in their
pockets. The brutality of the riot police brought out
once again the essence of the Kim government, who came
into power with sweet advertisements of democracy, as
he shattered all hopes and immediately started his neo-liberal
regime. Although it is evident whose side the government
is on, the abrupt and pitiless violence shown towards
the Daewoo workers came as a shock. The workers, who
have nothing more to lose, are fighting back.
the struggles at the plant, KCTU and other progressive
organizations have formed Daewoo Motors Joint Struggle
Headquarters to assist the workers struggles at the
same time calling for the arrest of the Daewoo chairman,
Kim Woo-Choong. Early morning on 9th February,
50 members of 'Daewoo Motors Joint Struggle Headquarters
Arrest Squad' occupied the luxurious house of the Daewoo
chairman, Kim Woo-Choong, calling for the his arrest,
on multiple charges against him in connection with the
dismantled conglomerate's huge financial scams. Although
the allegations have been proven to be true, the Korean
government is not making efforts to bring Kim home.
About one month ago, the Korean news broadcasted pictures
of Kim leisurely playing golf somewhere in sunny California,
although he seems to have moved now either to Europe,
Morocco or Sudan. The Arrest Squad sent its members
to Europe on the 23rd, in search for the 'fugitive'
and force him to come home and face the charges. The
ruggle Headquarters have
made contact with the International Metallic Workers
Federation for assistance, and have sent multi-lingual
'Wanted' posters to foreign organizations and unions.
The 'Wanted' not only aims at the arrest of Kim but
also for the confiscation of the wealth he had illegally
accumulated and to publicize the collaboration of the
Kim Dae-Jung government. Their objective of arresting
Kim is really symbolic - they will be meeting with various
anti neo-liberal groups and trade unions to call for
continues as the Joint Struggle Headquarters has organized
daily demonstrations. The struggle is gaining
strength as more and more workers, students, and activists
are joining the demonstrations. The struggle moved
to Seoul today, as about 3000 participants gathered
to denounce the government's actions. Protestors
threw rocks and molotov cocktails at police, again engaging
in violent and intense clashes with police, which have
become routine during the past week. The oppression
from the government is also becoming more severe, as
police have outlawed all demonstrations in the Bu-pyung
area and dozens have been arrested during the demonstrations.
We will keep you updated on the results of the
Your solidarity and interest
would be a great help to the workers' struggle in Korea.
Please send your words of solidarity to the Daewoo Motors
Joint Struggle Headquarters firstname.lastname@example.org
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