While the media has been preoccupied with the coverage over the Paris attacks and ongoing investigation, chaos recently erupted in South Korea when roughly 70,000 people took to the streets to protest. So far at least 50 people have been detained over the incident. Police were called to fire tear gas and water cannons at the protesters. From labor concerns over lay-offs at work, to upset over a centrally-enforced history text, there were a variety of reasons as to why people were out in the streets protesting.
Labor groups have recently been denouncing government attempts to change labor laws, which they say will allow larger discrepancy for companies to lay-off their workers. They fear that these new changes will target the market for young people in a negative way. Protesters also say that the state-issued history texts are a concern because they will be "politically-driven," and they fear that the truth won't be accurately represented.
These recent protests in South Korea are the largest that has been seen there in nearly over a decade. Clearly there are many citizens there who are upset, when at least 70,000 were able to find the time it took to take to the streets and protest over their concerns. It is alleged that the country's education ministry is calling for disciplinary action against more than 21,000 teachers who are known to have been involved with protesting against the textbooks.
The South Korean government vowed at the end of the week that they would crack down on any more violent protests. But organizers are already planning to take to the streets again in just a few weeks, on December 5th 2015. While it looked as though the majority of people on the weekend were there for a peaceful protest, it's alleged that there were some who came to the event armed with steel pipes and it's assumed that they were looking to incite some sort of confrontation. Police have said that at least 10 protesters were injured over the conflict.
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