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Prosecution Mulls Over Right Time to Exercise Public Power

Apr 23,1999
The Seoul District Prosecutor's Office, in connection with the current strike by the Seoul Metropolitan Subway Corp., announced on April 23 that it is prudently mulling the right time to exercise the full power at its disposal. Earlier the Prosecutor's Office granted a search warrant for the students' hall and open-air auditorioum of Seoul National University, where striking workers are staging a sit-down protest.
The Prosecutor's Office presumed that the 4,500 striking workers and 700 members of the student organization Hanchongnyon are gathering about 4,000 fire-bottles and 200 pieces of iron pipe to use against the police.
The university reportedly demanded that union leaders abandon the demonstration and withdraw from the college, or it would take legal measures.
The prosecution's warrant application for seven locations within the university, including the central library, on the afternoon of April 22 was rejected because it contained, 'too many places, considering the purpose of the investigation.'
The Korean Confedration of Trade Unions(KCTU) claimed, 'If the government disregards our demands and enforces a violent suppression, we will seek President Kim's resignation.'
A source in KCTU said, 'The government will soon find out its enforcement policy is a decisive misjudgment after the fever of strikes spread.'
Jooan Kang : jooan@joongang.co.kr



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