On Friday (November 30th), students in the South Korean capital, Seoul, again clashed with police.?
On Friday (November 30th), students in the South Korean capital, Seoul, again clashed with police. Riot police used tear gas on several hundred students who tried to break out of their campuses to stage street marches.
The students were protesting at what they called government repression of civil and academic freedom. Some students did manage to get onto the streets on Friday, but they retreated after the tear gas bullets were fired.
On Tuesday (27th November) nearly 60 students were detained by the police after a demonstration following a mass rally on the campus. The following day 22 young Christian leaders were arrested as they attempted to stage a street demonstration calling for democratic reforms and religious freedom. A total of 4,000 students from various universities confronted the police. The largest single group of 3,000 was from the Women's university in Seoul.
South Korea has been under martial law since October last year and student protests about curbs on civil liberties have been building up for the past two months. They have grown in intensity since the Bangkok student riots which toppled the government
On Friday, the students found support among journalists. Reporters employed by one national daily paper went on a one-day strike. Backed by colleagues on affiliated radio and television stations, the journalists issued a statement pledging to reject "any form of pressure brought to ear on t???a press and journalists."
SYNOPSIS: The running battle between students and riot police in Seoul reached a new level of ferocity on Wednesday.
Campus rallies and street demonstrations were held throughout the capital. about four thousand troops took to the streets to do battle with riot police. The largest single group was from the women's University in western Seoul. They broke out of their campus and marched three hundred yards don the road before being pushed back by police using tear gas.
The girls issued a statement charging the government of President Park Chung-hee with imposing "high-handed rule" and being too economically dependent on Japan. The protests have taken on a political character after starting as demands for more academic freedom and the release of students arrested during the October riots. The riots, which continued on Thursday, have increased in intensity since the Thai government was toppled by student riots in Bangkok.
Reporters on the national daily newspaper, Joongang Ilbo, went on strike the next day, and issued a statement pledging to reject any government pressure on journalists.