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S. Korean government rules out peaceful solution to truckers’ strike

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S. Korean government rules out peaceful solution to truckers’ strike

Seoul, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Interior of the Republic of Korea, Lee Sang-min, ruled out a peaceful solution to stop the national strike of truck drivers for better wages and promised severe measures such as police response.

During a working meeting, Lee threatened the application of the Trucking Business Act to end the strike by drivers who are demanding the extension of the temporary freight rate system as a guarantee of a basic wages, amid rising fuel prices and economic instability in the country, according to Yonhap news agency.

The official said that the administration will respond severely on the basis of a zero-tolerance principle, and will establish an emergency police response system to secure the sector’s activities, according to the news agency.

He warned that the authorities will also take legal action against truckers who refuse to return to work after the establishment of the executive order.

As of on Saturday, more than 5,000 truckers from some 130 areas of the country were participating in the strike, which is now in its fifth day, Yonhap confirmed.

The South Korean Minister also criminalized the protest by calling it an act that weakens the national economy and informed that a temporary permit will be given to unlicensed vehicles for cargo transportation in order to move stagnant materials and supplies.

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