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South Koreans hold new rally against conservative president

Hundreds of South Koreans march against conservative president and arrest of union leader

South Koreans hold new rally against conservative president

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Hundreds of South Koreans have gathered in Seoul to protest the arrest of a labor union leader who may face a rarely used sedition charge over the eruption of violence at an earlier anti-government protest.

The demonstration on Saturday is the latest in a series of mass protests in recent months of conservative President Park Geun-hye, who has been criticized for her increasingly harsh treatment of union members and dissidents.

The government has clamped down on labor and civic groups involved in organizing a huge demonstration on Nov. 14, when dozens were injured in a clash with police.

Prosecutors are considering indicting arrested Korean Confederation of Trade Unions President Han Sang-gyun for sedition, a charge unseen in South Korean courts since the 1980s when the country was under military dictatorship.

Updated : 2021-07-24 14:07 GMT+08:00