The head of the Ssangyong Motors union has been arrested and detained by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Department for setting up tents for union protestors in the front of a heavily touristed downtime palace. The arrest was obtained via a court detention warrant.
The Seoul City, during past demonstrations, has been crippled by demonstrators hellbent on disrupting the lives of fellow citizens. Protests have even lead to the burning of police buses and the destruction of other city property.
The union leader has violated a law on setting up illegal facilities multiple times and was arrested while on probation. It seems the purpose of these protests has little to do with the freedom of expression and more to do with attempting to occupy a space in order to disrupt the lives of residents and tourists.
Sean Hayes may be contacted at: SeanHayes@ipglegal.com.
Sean Hayes is co-chair of the Korea Practice Team at IPG Legal. He is the only non-Korean to have worked as an attorney for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of Korea) and one of the first non-Koreans to be a regular member of a Korean law faculty.