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Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions demonstrated nationwide.

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The Seoul city government said on Thursday it had filed a police complaint against members of South Korea’s main labor group, who dressed in megahit “squid game” clothes, in protest against more jobs and better working conditions for the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 violated restrictions.

Thousands of members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) demonstrated nationwide on Wednesday, according to the group, including in the city of Seoul, where dozens of members wore flamboyant jumpsuits and masks worn by actors on Netflix shows.

Made in South Korea, the nine-part thriller, in which cash-strapped contestants play deadly childhood games to win $45.6 billion ($38 million), became a worldwide sensation for Netflix when it premiered in September.

The “Squid Game” saw unionists wearing pink jumpsuits and masks with white circle, square or triangle symbols worn by guards playing drums to loud music and dancing. Some of the people shown in footage from the group’s YouTube channel had flags and signs reading “Out of inequality” and “Safe youth employment; Quality youth employment”.

“About 80 youth union members dressed in costumes parody the squid game, which satire on the bare face of our society,” the KCTU said in a statement.

The local government told Reuters that the city of Seoul has filed a police complaint against the group for holding illegal protests in violation of the Infectious Disease Prevention Act.

Asked about the police complaint, KCTU spokesman Han Sang-jin said the sanctions violate the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution and that it is unfair that outdoor rallies are seen as more dangerous than sporting events. , where more spectators are allowed.

With approximately 1.1 million members in total, the KCTU represents workers in some of the largest Chaibol in the country, including Hyundai Motor, LG Chem and the government-owned Korail Railroad Corp. The workers of the Sangh are quite powerful, earning very strong profits over the years.

South Korean trade unions have a long history of activism, but their recent rallies have sparked clashes with officials who are trying to enforce restrictions to contain the coronavirus as the rallies are closed due to COVID-19. -19 has been blamed for the spurt in cases.

Under the current social distancing norms, only one person protest is allowed in the capital and surrounding areas.

South Korea reported 1,441 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking 347,529 infections with 2,709 deaths.

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