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Friday, 17 April, 1998, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK
South Korean workers protest over economic reforms

Hundreds of union activists have staged a demonstration in Seoul against the South Korean government's economic reform programme.

Witnesses said riot police used tear gas and made several arrests as the protestors attempted to march to the presidential palace.

The union members led by striking workers from the Kia Motor Corporation which went into receivership earlier this week,called on the government not to sacrifice workers in its attempts to reform the economy.

The BBC's correspondent in Seoul says some ten-thousand jobs are being lost every day as a result of the government's economic reforms, enacted in accordance with the wishes of the International Monetary Fund in return for its economic rescue package.

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