Hundreds of South Korean troops and armed riot police seized control of four Seoul universities and a college yesterday (Friday).
Hundreds of South Korean troops and armed riot police seized control of four Seoul universities and a college yesterday (Friday). The action was part of a tough government crackdown on student protestors. Altogether, about 800 students were arrested as 2,400 armed soldiers occupied campuses. It happened soon after President Chung-Hee Park authorised the use of troops to restore order.
SYNOPSIS: In Seoul, the government has taken tough measures to regain control of the universities, where for two weeks students have been protesting bitterly against alleged corruption in the South Korean government. On Friday, twenty-four hundred armed troops, backed by riot police, were sent in to occupy four universities and a college in the South Korean capital. Eight-hundred students were arrested.
The action came immediately after President Chung-Hee Park had authorised the use of troops to restore order. At a emergency cabinet meeting, the President ordered that all leaders of student demonstrations should be expelled from school and unauthorised student groups and publications should be banned. The clampdown was taken because the government feared the prolonged student disorders could be a danger to national security. A spokesman for the South Korean opposition at once condemned the action as oppressive. He said it amounted to a declaration of martial law.