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[Korea News Photo] Blue Protesters
Demonstrations against government policies regarding Yongsan riot turn ugly as police hit back
Todd Thacker (todd)     Print Article 
Published 2009-02-09 13:48 (KST)   
Riot police spray blue-tinted water at protesters of the Yongsan incident, in central Seoul, Feb. 7.
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On the evening of Feb. 7 in central Seoul, thousands of concerned citizens came out to demonstrate against the heavy-handed tactics that ended the lives of five Yongsan relocation demonstrators on Jan. 20. One police officer was also killed in the resulting melee.

You can read more about what happened in the following articles.

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A woman receives a blast of water from a riot policeman.
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A small child accompanying her parents at the evening protest was also hit by the crowd control spray.
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The parents of the little girl hit by anti riot spray decry the heavy-handed tactics of police at an otherwise peaceful civilian protest.
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Protestors gathered in front of Myeong-dong cathedral in central Seoul to listen to speeches against President Lee Myung-bak's policies.

Photos of the dead Yongsan relocation protestors
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Feb. 7: Students and citizens gather in central Seoul to protest the deaths of the Yongsan residents on Jan. 20. People in Yongsan are being displaced and their homes expropriated with what many feel is minimal compensation. Their removal is also facilitated by threats from hired thugs.
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