One of the most significant outbreaks of class
struggle in South Korea for many years, the occupation of the Ssangyong car
plant in Pyeongtaek near Seoul, ended at the beginning of August.
Having held the factory for 77 days
in the face of siege conditions where they were denied food, water, gas and
electricity, and had to resist repeated onslaughts by the police backed by a
small army of company goons and strikebreakers, the workers were compelled to
abandon the occupation with many of their key demands unmet, and were
immediately subjected to a wave of repression in the form of arrests, interrogations
and possible crippling fines.