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South Korean Protesters Clash with Police

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Uploaded on Jan 21, 2009

South Korean protesters clashed with police late on Tuesday. They were at a memorial rally honoring the six people killed during another clash between police and protesters earlier in the day.
The memorial was peaceful and reverent, but then the demonstrators took to the streets denouncing President Lee Myung-bak's government for its tough stance against them.

Police tried to block the march, firing water cannons on the protesters, who responded by throwing rocks at the officers.

South Korean news channel YTN reported about ten protesters were injured during the clash.

[Protestor, South Korea]:
"When I was confronting the police, I felt something hit my forehead. Then I started bleeding.

Earlier in the day, six people, including a police commando, died in the blaze at a five-storey building in central Seoul. Authorities had moved in there at dawn to break up a protest by more than 40 protesters who were hurling Molotov cocktails, acid, bricks and golf balls.

The protesters had occupied the building since January 19 to demand more compensation to leave the property, scheduled for demolition as part of a major development in the area.

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