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Thousands of South Koreans march in anti-government rally days after violent clash in capital

  • Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions shout slogans while raising banners reading "Let's end Park Geun-hye and Let's go on general strike" during a rally against the government policy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 24, 2015. Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across South Korea denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions shout slogans while raising banners reading "Let's end Park Geun-hye and Let's go on general strike" during a rally against the government policy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 24, 2015. Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across South Korea denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman shouts anti-government slogans as she sits in front of riot police blocking the road to protect thousands anti-government policy protesters from marching after their rally in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 24, 2015. Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across South Korea denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    A woman shouts anti-government slogans as she sits in front of riot police blocking the road to protect thousands anti-government policy protesters from marching after their rally in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 24, 2015. Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across South Korea denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions carry their union flags during a rally against the government policy in Seoul, South Korea Friday, April 24, 2015. Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across South Korea denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions carry their union flags during a rally against the government policy in Seoul, South Korea Friday, April 24, 2015. Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across South Korea denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across South Korea denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye.

The rallies on Friday were orchestrated by the country's largest umbrella labor union. They come about a week after police clashed violently in the capital Seoul with demonstrators denouncing the government's handling of a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people a year ago.

A spokesman from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions said that a rally attended by about 10,000 people in Seoul was held without significant conflict with police.

Sporadic clashes were reported in other cities. Labor organizations are critical of labor policies they say will reduce job security and a revised pension system for government employees.