Why Seoul Is Seething

Koreans want the mismanaged chaebol to share the economic pain

They looked so out of place, with their conservative suits and smart haircuts. But there they were, masses of Seoul's bank clerks and middle managers, braving freezing temperatures to march alongside hardened Korean factory hands and voice their outrage at a new labor law. The squadrons of riot police, packed in serried ranks behind menacing shields, made no exceptions for these white-collar protesters. They lobbed the same tear gas at clerks and managers that they have used against the workers who have been marching by the hundreds of thousands in Seoul since late December.

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