Monday, July 27, 2009

[olympiaworkers] Ssangyong occupation update: days six/seven, July 26-27, 2009

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The police are closing in on the paint department, but the strikers
occupying the factory are not backing down. They broadcast their
determination to "fight to the death" over loudspeakers from the paint
department roof, only to have the cop helicopters immediately resume the
bombardment with bags of a toxic teargas mixture.

The map below shows that as of Monday at 1:00 p.m. the cops have fought
their way even closer to occupied paint department (at bottom center with
the number 2):

***Sunday, July 26, 2009***

Workers holed up in the factory:

Striker with broken wrist (on left) leaving the factory:
Striker with injuries from tear gas:
After battle, a striker watches the sunset feeling like he's in "a prison
without bars":

There is no water remaining in the occupied factory, so what water is left
was boiled from whatever they stored or scavenged after water was cut off.
Now they are rationing what little remains (view from inside the paint

***Update Monday, July 27, 2009***

Factory occupiers had a rally at 7:00 a.m., seen in the photo below:

Then at 11:00 a.m. they had a press conference by an amplified sound
system from atop the roof of the paint department, see here:
Which was immediately attacked by helicopters dropping bags with the toxic
teargas mixture:

In their statement the workers warned of a "fight to the death" if there
is continued use of "state power" to attack them. They also said it is a
"mistake" to try to suppress the occupation with violence, which will
result in a "terrible disaster."

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