KOREA: Mounting Chaos

Communists worked overtime to raise chaos last week in Korea's southern zone. Purpose: to prevent U.S. military authorities from carrying out plans for the popular election of a Korean legislative body and the organization of a national administration.

Railroad workers struck first, tying up every railway in the zone. They demanded 100% wage increases and "labor reforms" along lines said to be in effect in Russia's zone. Next the Communists threatened a strike of all public utilities, including power plants. Knowing that southern Korea has no rice reserves, they demanded that the U.S. authorities release "hoarded stores" for distribution among workers....

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