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Korean Strikers and New Governmental Security Agency

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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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