Changing Times

Like a boxer past his prime, Lee Ho Dong can't resist coming out of his corner for a good brawl—even when no one is cheering for him anymore. The president of the Korean Power Plant Industry Union has spent the past two weeks huddled in an unheated tent pitched on the paving stones behind Seoul's Myeongdong Cathedral, the time-honored sanctuary of unionists and student rebels on the run. Lee and 20 other union members took refuge after police issued arrest warrants accusing them of launching illegal strikes to protest the government's plan to sell power plants to private investors. Privatization could...

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