SKorea: Anti-FTA protestors arrestedBy Nathan Schwartzman Dec 13, 2011 3:44PM UTC
Original article in Korean is at this link.
Four anti-FTA protestors were arrested on the 10th for assaulting a police officer.
The Yeongdeunpo Police Station in Seoul announced on the 11th it had arrested 42-year-old Mr. Choi, a labor union member. Police also arrested 33-year old Mr. Kim, a Democratic Labor Party member, and 38-year old Mr. Park.
According to police, Mr. Choi and the others were at an anti-FTA rally in Yeouido when they assaulted 32-year old Seoul police officer Mr. Jeon, stomping him with their feet repeatedly. The scene was recorded and uploaded to the internet, causing a firestorm and leading to the arrests.
An official with the police said that “these four were arrested but we believe there may be two others… They will be severely punished for assaulting police officers who were upholding the law at a candlelight vigil.”
This has been the third week of protests against the implementation of the FTA and calling for the ouster of the ruling Grand National Party. Over 10,000 people attended the candlelight vigils without incident until the 11th.