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S.Korean activist sets himself alight to protest planned labor laws

A South Korean labor activist set himself alight during an anti-government rally calling on the government to cancel plans to curb union activity. The man, identified as Park Yong-Suk, doused his body with inflammable liquid and set himself ablaze after 2,000 protestors started a pro-union rally in a park Sunday, witnesses said. Fellow protestors immediately extinguished the blaze and carried Park, a union leader in the southern city of Gwangju, to a nearby hospital, they said. Park, 32, was later reported to be in a critical condition by Yonhap news agency. Months of labor unrest this year has alarmed foreign investors and worsened this year’s recession, prompting a crackdown on militant labor unions. Full Story

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