Wednesday, 5 August 2009

In the heat of the struggle

There's been some extraordinary scenes in South Korea. Owen Miller reported from Seoul for Socialist Worker online - see 'Day of fierce fighting at occupied South Korean car factory'. The police, with the company's own hired thugs, have sought to brutally repress the workers' resistance in defence of their own jobs.

There's a protest at the South Korean Embassy in London tomorrow - see the details at the Solomon's Mindfield blog.

The occupation tactic continues to spread in this country. Bus workers in London staged a sit-in protest today. Socialist Worker's report, 'Bus workers occupy Transport for London office', reports: 'Around 60 drivers occupied the foyer of the [Transport for London] office waving flags, singing slogans about equal pay and dancing to drummers from Unite's Justice for Cleaners Campaign who had joined the protest in solidarity.'

Finally, a reminder of the state's determination to defend the interests of the rich and powerful comes not only from Seoul but also from Irish police's treatment of shop workers in Dublin. See the report and video here: 'Police smash way into Thomas Cook occupation'.

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