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South Korea activists protest labour policies, get in touch with for Park’s apology

Posted December 05, 2015 23:17:55

Protesters at a rally in South Korea Photo: Protesters at an anti-government rally in central Seoul. The the sign in centre reads: “listen to people’s voice”. (Reuters: Kim Hong-Ji)

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have marched by means of downtown Seoul, demanding that South Korean president Park Geun-hye apologise for cracking down on a protest last month when farm and labour activists clashed with police.

An estimated crowd of 30,000 individuals, a lot of of them wearing masks in defiance of Ms Park’s call for a ban on mask-wearing during protests.

They marched by way of the city centre behind a banner reading “Resign Park Geun-Hye”, chanting slogans.

Saturday’s rally in the capital drew around 14,000 men and women, according to police estimates, far fewer than the 60,000 that attended the rally on November 14.

It went ahead following a court rejected the government’s request for an injunction produced in the aftermath of the violent scenes at the earlier demonstration, which had been organised by some of the country’s most militant activist groups to protest against Ms Park’s labour marketplace and education policies.

External Hyperlink: Video shows protesters in downtown Seoul calling for president Park Geun-hye to apologise

Ms Park’s conservative government plans to make it achievable for employers to dismiss workers based on functionality and to cap the salaries of senior staff in order to encourage employers to hire younger people and ease youth unemployment.

Activists had been also protesting against Ms Park’s choice to replace privately published college history textbooks with government versions, a move they say is an try to whitewash military dictators’ oppression of democracy and human rights in South Korea till the mid-1980s.

Charges were laid against dozens of men and women in the wake of the rally last month, which saw riot police use water cannon and pepper spray soon after some protesters attacked police with metal pipes and sharpened bamboo sticks.

An arrest warrant has been issued against the head of the militant Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), who has taken sanctuary in a Buddhist temple in Seoul, from where, on Saturday, he repeated a get in touch with for a common strike.

“What is our demand? Cease the move to worsen labour circumstances that only fattens capitalists,” KCTU chief Han Sang-gyun stated in his video message to the rally.

KCTU has regularly issued calls for a common strike in current years but the only considerable action taken has been rotating function stoppages at locations exactly where unionised labour is extremely organised.

There is broad public assistance for Ms Park’s labour policy.

A Gallup poll released in September of 1,002 respondents showed more than 70 per cent support for the plan to make firing less complicated and to cap greater income earners’ salaries.


Topics: activism-and-lobbying, world-politics, government-and-politics, korea-republic-of

Agen Sabung Ayam

Argentines contemplate past policies and future in election


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — From rising crime to soaring prices, Argentines will have a lot on their thoughts in the course of Sunday’s runoff election that is seen as a referendum on the left-leaning policies of polarizing President Cristina Fernandez and could eventually have ripple effects across South America.

Opposition leader Mauricio Macri, who campaigned on promises to huge big modifications to Argentina’s economy, went in as the front-runner right after his unexpectedly robust showing in the Oct. 25 1st round that forced a runoff against Daniel Scioli, the president’s chosen successor.

Scioli, who had been expected to win by ten or more points in last month’s six-candidate election, attempted to regain momentum by frequently attacking Macri before the runoff. He stated a Macri victory would subject this nation of 41 million individuals to the neoliberal policies of the 1990s, a period of deregulation that numerous Argentines believe set the stage for the financial meltdown of 2001-2002.

Macri rejected such characterizations, saying he would lead with “21st century development” as opposed to “21st century socialism” — a term employed by supporters of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro.

Macri also promised to shake things up regionally. If elected, he stated, he would push to expel Venezuela from the South American trade bloc identified as Mercosur simply because of the jailing of opposition leaders below Maduro. That would be a huge change for a continent where many countries, like neighbors Chile and Brazil, have left-leaning governments.

The election comes at a time when Argentina’s economy, the third biggest in Latin America, has stalled. Inflation is about 30 %, gross domestic item development is just above zero and a lot of private economists warn that the Fernandez administration’s spending is not sustainable.

More than the course of the campaign, which officially started in July but truly began lengthy ahead of that, each candidates at instances attempted to straddle the center. Scioli stated he would solve a extended-standing New York court fight with creditors in the U.S. who Fernandez calls “vultures” and has refused to negotiate with. Macri flipped his position and voiced assistance for the nationalization of the YPF oil business and Aerolineas Argentina, popular actions by the Fernandez administration.

“The candidates are trying to appear like each and every other,” said Maria Victoria Murillo, a professor of political science at Columbia University and an specialist on Argentine politics.

Although some of their proposals were comparable, there were also clear differences.

Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires, promised to lift unpopular controls on the buying of U.S. dollars and as a result remove a booming black marketplace for currency exchange. Carrying out that would probably lead to a sharp devaluation of the Argentine peso. With low foreign reserves, the government would desperately need an instant infusion of dollars. Those could come from several various places, but ultimately would require structural modifications to a largely protectionist economy, solving the long-standing debt spat and building warmer relations with other nations, such as the United States.

Scioli, governor of the large Buenos Aires province, stated he would sustain energy and transportation subsidies along with the a lot of social performs programs instituted below Fernandez and Nestor Kirchner, her late husband and presidential predecessor. Whilst such promises signaled an embrace of the status quo, Scioli also promised to make modest fixes exactly where essential.

In the opening round, Scioli, a former boat racer who lost his proper arm in competition, got 37 percent of the votes, although 34 percent went for Macri, who gained a national profile as president of the popular soccer club Boca Juniors. That close finish meant the country’s 1st-ever presidential runoff.


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