Worker Protests Continue in Asia

Protesters were arrested in South Korea yesterday after the demonstrations turned violent. The protesters were marching in support of employees of Ssangyong Motor Co. who have occupied the plant for the past two months, halting production. The workers are protesting layoffs. The protesters were trying to enter the plant to give the workers fresh water. Gas and water supplies to the plant have been shut off in an effort to end the sit-in, Yonhap.

30,000 workers at a steel plant in Tonghua, China rioted yesterday. The workers were protesting a possible merger deal. The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, a Hong Kong human rights group, said that the protesters beat one of the company’s managers, Chen Guojun, to death, BBC News.

US Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is in the middle of a Mid-East tour to generate support for peace talks. Mitchell met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus today. Syria cut off diplomatic relations with Israel earlier this year after Israel initiated a military assault on Hamas, Voice of America.

India launched its first nuclear submarine today, IBN.

The Associated Press has a report on the protests for human rights in Iran yesterday.

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