The wave to anti-Japanese demonstrations continued in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday and Saturday (23, 24 August), following the 15 August assassination attempt on President Park Chung-Hee.
The wave to anti-Japanese demonstrations continued in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday and Saturday (23, 24 August), following the 15 August assassination attempt on President Park Chung-Hee. The President escaped unharmed, but his wife was fatally wounded.
Korean authorities claim a 22-year-old Korean has confessed he received the assassination order from Communist gents in Japan. Prime Minister Kim Jong-Pil asserted on television that Japan could not escape moral or legal responsibility for the assassination attempt.
On Friday, more than 5,000 high school students demanded that the Japanese Government apologise for the death of Mrs. Park and the attempt on the President's life. They held rallies on college campuses and many attempted to march on the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, but were turned back by riot police.
On Saturday, another rally was held in the streets. Demonstrators carried anti-Japanese and anti-Communist placards. They, too, attempted to reach the embassy, but were deterred by police.
SYNOPSIS: The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has been the target of a continuing wave of demonstrations by South Koreans, angry about the assassination attempt on President Park Chung-Hee. On Friday, riot police surrounded the embassy, preparing for the latest demonstration.
Five thousand high school students held a number of rallies and then attempted to march on the embassy. The Japanese have taken the brunt of the demonstrators' wrath because the alleged gunman, although a korean, entered the country from Japan, with a Japanese passport.
The students were turned back by riot police before they could reach the embassy. However, they demanded apologies from the Japanese Government.
There was yet another demonstration on Saturday ... and it, too, made for the embassy, only to be deterred by the police. The demonstrators chanted slogans. The Korean authorities claim That the man being held in connection with the assassination attempt has confessed that he received his orders from communist agents in Japan.
President Park escaped the 15 August assassination attempt unharmed. However, his wife -- a popular national figure -- was fatally wounded.