South Korean students stepped up a growing wave of protest incidents in Seoul on wednesday (November 28th) by holding campus rallies and street demonstrations throughout the capital.
MALE STUDENTS IN FRONT OF SGHOON AND MOVING GAINST POLICE: FEMALE STUDENTS SITTING AND CONFRONTING POLICE: POLICE WITH GAS-GUNS.
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Background: South Korean students stepped up a growing wave of protest incidents in Seoul on wednesday (November 28th) by holding campus rallies and street demonstrations throughout the capital.
A total of about four thousand youths from various universities confronted riot police in street marches and voiced complaints and demands for more academic freedom and the release of students still being held after riots in October.
The largest single group was 3,000 women students from the Ewha Women's University in western Seoul. They rallied at their campus and marched about 300 yards down the street before being stopped and pushed back by 300 riot police using "pepper fog".
The girls issued a statement charging the government of President Park Chung-hee with imposing a "high-handed rule" on the nation and depending too much on Japan in its economic policies. No mention was made of the Kim Dae-jung kidnapping case which was the basic complaint of students in the October rallies.
Following the pepper fog attack, the girls retreated back to their university and staged a sit-down strike in front of the campus shouting slogans seeking the release of arrested students.
South Korean student agitation has been steadily increasing since the recent Bangkok student riots which toppled the regime there.