Winter in Busan

Just now getting our first taste of winter in Busan this year: a little bit of snow yesterday and freezing temperatures today. Here’s a shot–taken from the comfort of my own home–of yesterday’s rather wet snowfall.

A pedestrian shields herself from falling snow in Busan, South Korea, January 8, 2014. ©Ben Weller/www.wellerpix.com

A pedestrian shields herself from falling snow in Busan, South Korea, January 8, 2014. ©Ben Weller/www.wellerpix.com

KORAIL Workers Strike

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Thousands of workers from the Korean national railroad corporation, KORAIL, have been on strike since Dec. 9, in protest of what the Korean Railway Workers’ Union claims are moves by the government to privatize the rail company. As protests have spread across the country, including to Seoul, Daegu, and Busan, the government of Park Geun-hye has sought the arrest of more than a hundred labor leaders. This picture was published in The Militant. Click here for photographs of the KORAIL protests in Seoul and Busan.

Here is a short article from the Hankyoreh newspaper explaining the strike and the controversy surrounding privatization.