Seoul gripped by large-scale anti-govt rally

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SEOUL: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of central Seoul Saturday in a massive protest against the conservative government’s drive for labor reform and state-issued history textbooks. Police sprayed water on the crowd, estimated to number about 50,000, as some protesters attempted to push through barricades at the rally outside City Hall in central Seoul. Authorities said they had mobilized 20,000 riot police for fear that the protest might turn violent.

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