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Stop Brutal Raid against the Ssangyong Motor Workers!
Our Union Members' Lives are at Stake!
For full text, please open the attached document - Ssangyong_August_5_Update.doc

Yesterday, the company goons ripped apart the shelters of solidarity supporters encamped outside the plant and arrested KMWU Vice President WOO, Byeong-kuk at the scene. When the news of the all-out raid spread, a swell of workers and students kept streaming to Pyeongtaek and spontaneous rallies began with first 100, then 200, then 600-700 . Right now supporters are peacefully marching to the plant and some two dozen are being arrested with police firing water cannons on the march.

Currently, we have hundreds of injured sit-in workers with some extremely serious injuries such as spinal cord injury (from falling off roof of building when SWAT team began chasing the workers on the roof), from rubber bullets, taser gun shocks, and a fire broke out in the buildling next to the paintshop building. An all-out raid on a paintshop with hundreds of thousands of liters of flammable chemicals is incredibly risky and an excessively violent way to end the dispute ; it is deliberately putting the lives of our union members at risk

Please call on the Korean government 

; to call off this extraordinarily dangerous raid!

; to participate in negotiations over alternatives to dismissal and a future for the plant .

 

Our union members' lives are at stake.

- Any international solidarity actions should be taken in front of the Korean Embassy now (no more Ssangyong dealerships)

- Any diplomatic pressure on the South korean government to stop this extraordinarily dangerous raid, to stop denying the sit-in strikers food, water, proper medical attention, electricity (they are treating each others wounds by candlelight) etc would be appreciated
- Please send us photos of your action so we can let the workers inside the plant know

in solidarity,

Korean Metal Workers' Union(KMWU)
Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU)
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