Violence erupts at labour protests in South Korea; 30 injured


Around 30 people have been injured in clashes between anti-government protesters in South Korea and the police, local media reported on Saturday.

Police fended off demonstrators with water cannon and pepper spray after several participants in a march towards the presidential palace attempted to stray from their route into cordoned-off areas, according to television reports.

National newspaper Hankyoreh reported an estimated 30 casualties as a result of the clashes, citing the emergency services.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators, unhappy with the government’s labour policy and alarmed by rising youth unemployment, took part in a protest organized by trade unions and other groups in the capital Seoul.

They are demanding the resignation of conservative President Park Geun Hye and greater flexibility in the job market.