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Korean Strikers and New Governmental Security Agency

StoryJanuary 17, 1997
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Guests
JINSOOK LEE

The director of the Korea Information Project, a clearinghouse and resource center on Korea based in the Washington DC area

Tim Shorrock

An American journalist who has covered Korea extensively for a number of years. He wrote a piece last December for The Nation magazine called "Debacle in Kwangju," which outlined the U.S. role in the 1980 Kwangju massacre

For more than three weeks, South Korea has been hit by a wave of nationwide strikes. Workers are protesting the secret passage of a new labor law that gives sweeping powers to big Korean corporations — like Samsung, Hyundai and Daewoo — to lay off workers, replace strikers and extend work hours. The government of President Kim Young Sam also passed a law giving new powers to the Agency for National Security Planning, also known as the Korean CIA.


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