( For full photos, please open the attached. Below are the some photos among them.)

Additional Materials (Photos) Supporting Concerns for

Safety of Person and Rights of striking Ssangyong Motor workers

22 July 2009 Update

 

-       New photos show excessive use of force by police to end the Ssangyong Motor sit-in strike 

-       Photos suggest that government police forces have been coordinating the joint operation with management-hired thugs. This raises grave concerns given that not only is it completely illegal for hired thugs to beat up private citizens (here, the Ssangyong workers on strike) but also in that this has proven to be a violent and lethal combination in a 20 January 2009 riot police and hired thug joint operation to suppress a sit-in protest that resulted in 5 deaths.

Note: There are no legal statues which might permit corporations to hire private contractors to beat up trade unionists or otherwise physically punish them for taking a strike.  

-       Management-hired thugs prepared baseball bats, steel pipes and martial arts weapons (nunchaku), suggesting that they came to the 21 July raid on the Ssangyong Motor sit-in with intention to inflict pain and harm on the unionists



1.    [21 July 2009] Riot police and management-hired thugs gang up to kick and beat up a union member who already has no possibility of resisting arrest


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Source : Photo courtesy of Media Chungcheong

-   Person wearing light grey pants, grey socks and dark grey athletic shoes crunched up under feet of policemen is KMWU union member (inside red circle)
-   Person holding a steel pipe with green duct tape wrapped around the handle for better grip (far left) and wearing a black shirt with white gloves and white athletic shoes is a management-hired thug (Persons in white helmets are thugs paid by management)

-    Persons in black helmets (blue or yellow stripe) are riot police
-    Red arrow points at management-hired thug holding shield
-    New photos heighten concern over the complete impropriety of public police forces collaborating with privately-contracted thugs to stop a strike  


2.    [21 July 2009] In addition to steel pipes, management-hired thug wearing construction site gloves also wields a baseball bat


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 Source : Photo courtesy of Media Chungcheong

3.    [21 July 2009] Thugs contracted by Ssangyong Motor Court Receivers also come to factory with martial arts weapons (in photo “nunchaku” are ci rcled in red)

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Source : Photo courtesy of Media Chungcheong

4. [21 July 2009] Police use 3 helicopters to take turns to bombard sit-in strikers for hours with tear gas concentrate dropped from the sky

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Source: Yonhap News

5.    [21 July 2009] Unionists trying to wash off chemicals poured out of the police helicopter but that landed on his arm.  Unfortunately management cut off the water supply so he is using precious rationed water to get chemicals off his skin

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6.    [21 July 2009] Police also drop plastic bags of tear gas concentrate onto the sit-in area then use the wind created from helicopters to spread and lift the tear gas concentrate (this method keeps concentration of tear gas high in area closest to workers sit-in)

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7.    Watercannon truck shooting water at the roof of the paintshop building in Ssangyong Motor Pyeongtaek plant

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8.    [22 July 2009] “Dawn Terror” raid of the sit-in tent used by the wives and children of the striking workers

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All 4 photos courtesy of Media Chungcheong

-       At 2:30 am of 22 July 2009 management-organized goons suddenly emerged from the main gates of the factory and began tearing down the tent (green canopy in photo on left) used by the family members of the workers on strike and tearing down the signs they made  

-       Journalists rushed to the scene to cover the emerging issue but the managerial goons began attacking the journalists (third picture in which man in white dress shirt is choking the reporter in the white t-shirt and jeans, red circle around goon’s stranglehold on person’s neck)  

-       People at the site (including other journalists and cameraman) begin protesting that this is too much and even the reporters started to defend themselves from this sudden attack

-       Goons retreat and Riot police move in to protect the managerial goons and give them safe cover to run back inside the factory


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9.    [22 July 2009] Unknown stinging chemical dropped onto striking unionists from this police helicopter; After noticing that the new chemical burns through Styrofoam, sit-in strikers began to feel more alarmed as to what this substance might be

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10.    [22 July 2009] Police shoot water mixed with tear gas from a water cannon onto the striking workers who are on the roof of the assembly line team 3 building (in front of the TRA building)

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11.    [22 July 2009] Management-organized goons (near the TRA building) are using slingshots to shoot bolts at the striking workers who are on the roof of Assembly line team 3 building

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 Management-organized goons shoot nuts and bolts at the sit-in strikers with slingshots

 Atop the roof, one of the workers on sit-in strike shows the camera the bolts that management-organized goons shot at him

12.    [22 July 2009] Management locks the gates to prevent human rights and healthcare groups and professionals from conveying medical care to sit-in strikers ; subsequently, riot police move in to arrest Human Rights Groups and Healthcare Groups maintaining the denial of medical care to sick and injured sit-in strikers

 
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Ssangyong Motor manager with management-organized goons standing behind him

 

Here, the management is locking the front gates to keep out healthcare groups and professionals

 

The healthcare professionals have been receiving calls from sit-in strikers who need medical attention but cannot leave the sit-in site for fear of arrest :

-       Torn ligaments and broken bones

-       Open wounds needing stitches

-       Optic nerve damage

-       Stress-related issues (depression etc)

 

The medical professionals assert that untreated wounds will get infected and torn ligaments and broken bones need to be set.

 

Second, they are attempting to convey food, drinking water, diabetes medication, blood pressure medication and other medical supplies to the workers on strike  


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Riot police move in and arrest the doctors and human rights advocates

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The Riot police used taser gun against the striking workers.

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