Seoul police, South Korea, were busy, Feb 6, chasing anti-security law demonstrators who appeared all over the city.
Seoul police, South Korea, were busy, Feb 6, chasing anti-security law demonstrators who appeared all over the city. Police jeeps scoured the city for trouble-spots, - non-uniformed police patrolled in groups.
Demonstrators, members of the Democrat (- the Parliamentary opposition -) party - scattered leaflets protesting against the new security laws intended to crush Communist infiltration and espionage and which the Democrats claim will suppress the Press's freedom, violate human rights and possibly lead to a one party dictatorship. They were passed by the Syngman Rhee Government, Dec 24.
Before Parliament - or rather, the Liberal Party - gave consent, members of the Democrat Party staged a sit-down strike which deteriorated into violence, many of the demonstrators ending in hospital.
The two main disturbances on Feb 6 were in Myong-dong street and Chong-ro street. Summary courts sentenced demonstrators to between seven and fifteen days' imprisonment.
On the same day there was another demonstration but for the opposite reason - Liberal Party members expressing their support for the new law.