S Korea probes clash that left 6 dead
Authorities stepped up the investigation yesterday into a clash that left six people dead and 23 injured when police confronted displaced tenants who were occupying a vacant office building as a protest in Seoul.
Forensic experts were combing the five-story building in the Yongsan neighborhood of the South Korean capital as human rights officials investigated whether police used excessive force Tuesday in sending 14 squadrons of riot police and a team of commandos to break up the siege.
Some 40 tenants and small business owners had been camped out at the building since Monday to push for better compensation in return for being evicted from area buildings as part of redevelopment plans, a tenants' rights association said.
Backed by 1,400 riot police on the ground, 100 commandos landed on the roof in a shipping container to break up their makeshift rooftop camp.