….so much fail on the part of seoul police.
yesterday morning, some 4~5,000 police troops raided and attempted to enter the 경향신문 building which KCTU shares with the Kyunghyang Daily. the objective was to swiftly arrest key KRWU(korea railworker union) members leading the korail strike.
upon entering the building, police met furious resistance by KCTU members. still, they managed to go through all 17 floors of the building while pepper-spraying union workers and protesters alike. some of the pepper-spray got deflected right back into the face of some police. awww.
so, the outcome:
a) none of the people they were looking for were there. there were 0 arrests of KRWU leadership
b) the search warrant the police had requested had been thrown out by courts. so police would break down steel gates only to have the people inside ask them “do you have a warrant?” and answer “nope” lol
by the way, that means the operation was clearly illegal. police were hoping to arrest the union workers anyways and deal with legal issues later in drawn-out court cases lasting years and years and millions of won. but they failed.
c) here’s a hilarious bit of news: two conscripted riot police(의경) were caught while trying to steal coffee from the KCTU building. one ran away and the other left his glove (with his name on it) behind. fucking sad and hilarious at the same time.
d) in a nutshell, 4~5,000 police achieve nothing except destroy a bunch of property and stealing coffee (and failed). meanwhile, the whole shitstorm has thoroughly angered KCTU and its affiliate members, numbering some 6~700,000 workers. not to mention all of the non-saenuri political parties including DUP(민주당), UPP(통진당), the labor party(노동당) and the justice party(정의당). KCTU has called for a general strike on Dec. 28 but participation is ultimately up to each individual charter, so a nationwide-scale walkout is unlikely. but still, keeping fingers crossed.
e) kyunghyang daily news reporters have commented that “they didn’t even have to leave the building - the story came right to their doorstep” lol
f) what’s worrying is that police will now be more desperate than ever, going even more mad-dog than they have….