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18 under police probe for illegalities during truckers' strike

All Headlines 16:49 June 27, 2012

SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) -- Police said Wednesday they are investigating 18 suspects for alleged wrongdoings presumed to be related to the nationwide truckers' strike.

Unionized truck drivers across the country has been on strike since Monday, demanding a 30 percent increase in trucking fees.

A total of 30 cases of illegal acts have been reported and the police have identified 18 suspects allegedly responsible and launched an investigation, according to the National Police Agency.

By type of alleged crime, damaging vehicles topped the list with 15 cases reported, followed by six cases of assaulting drivers and two each of obstruction of justice, throwing eggs, interfering with driving, and protesting from atop tower cranes, the police said.

One suspect is being investigated for a series of suspected arson attacks against 27 trucks owned by those refusing to participate in the walkout in the country's southern port cities including Busan, the NPA said, while a composite of another suspect is in the course of preparation.

"As we see a spate of illegal acts that could pose threats to the safety of the public, we will actively crack down on any serious crimes," an NPA officer said.

Earlier in the day, police dispatched more than 12,000 officers and 1,795 patrol cars to sit-in sites across the country to prevent possible crimes.


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