South Korean disabled war veterans decided to take the affair of their pension raise into their own hands, Sept 16, and staged a sit-down demonstration outside the National Assembly in Seoul.
GV.PAN. Of demonstrators seated on ground.
CU. Leader of demonstrators making address.
SV. Crowd applauding.
NEARER V.Disabled soldiers sitting on ground.
SV. Speaker of the House Kwak speaking to demonstrators and assuring them.
FRONT V. Ditto.
GV. Demonstrators applauding.
GV. Premier Chang's office.
GV. Demonstrators marching with banners.
CU.PAN Along street.
BACK V. Past in wheel chairs and men on crutches.
GV. Massed demonstrators marching.
BACK V. Ditto.
SV.PAN. Premier Chang walking past.
CU. Premier Chang addressing veterans.
GV. Of demonstrators listening.
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Background: South Korean disabled war veterans decided to take the affair of their pension raise into their own hands, Sept 16, and staged a sit-down demonstration outside the National Assembly in Seoul. Addressed by their leaders, demonstrators shouted and jeered anyone entering the building, stating their demands must be met.
In the hope of sending them home without trouble, Speaker of the House Kwak Sang Hun, met the veterans and told them that the house would take action and consider their demands. He requested them to return home and end the demonstration. But their blood was up and they called for Premier Chang. After waiting an hour for him to address them, the crowd made their way to the Premier's office.
Taking up a sing-song-chant outside the Prime Ministers office, demonstrators called on him to promise he would raise their pension. Premier Chang told them he would place a bill before the house, and if passed it would mean a new pension award. The demonstrators showed they meant business by telling the Premier then unless he kept his word they would stage is nation wide demonstration.