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Lay-off Protested in S. Korea

Pyongyang, August 3 (KCNA) -- More than 15,000 people from all walks of life in south Korea staged an action in Pusan City on July 31 denouncing the Hanjin Heavy Industries Co. Ltd for its lay-off measure.

At a meeting held earlier the speakers said that the people across south Korea, angered by the company side's harsh lay-off, gathered together determined to put an end to the present "government" which protects only capitalists.

The developments are not only confined to the company itself, they noted, calling on all the south Koreans to get united in solidarity to have the lay-off measure retracted.

They urged the authorities to help the fired workers get their jobs back and detain the owner responsible for the lay-off.

The participants held a press conference outside the company building.

They said the lay-off is a serious issue revealing the fundamental contradiction of the south Korean society.

The toiling and moiling workers should no longer have their vital rights threatened, they stressed.

They said they would escalate actions till the day when the workers have their jobs back, free from worries about lay-offs and part-time jobs.

The riot police were sent to the different parts of the city that day to check the people.

The enraged participants thronged to the Pusan District Police Office building to protest against the violent police which protect the owners and block the people's actions for vital rights.

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