• Short Summary

    The revolutionary military junta which seized power in South Korea May 16, consolidated its hold on the country May 21 when a 15-wan Cabinet of military officers was formally sworn into office by General Chang Do Yung, chairman of the revolutionary military committee, who has assumed the offices of Prime Minister and Defense Minister.

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    The revolutionary military junta which seized power in South Korea May 16, consolidated its hold on the country May 21 when a 15-wan Cabinet of military officers was formally sworn into office by General Chang Do Yung, chairman of the revolutionary military committee, who has assumed the offices of Prime Minister and Defense Minister.

    During a brief ceremony at the Assembly Hall in Seoul, General Chang handed each Minister - 11 of them generals, two colonels, and one naval captain - their patents of office. They then took an oath pledging patriotism, anti-communism, friendship with all South Korea's allies, and building up the country's economic strength.

    President Yun Posun, who May 20 assumed the Presidency again after announcing his resignation 20 hours previously, did not attend the swearing-in ceremony. Later it was reported that he was unwell, though not seriously, and is confined to bed at his home.

    Meanwhile, the 32-man revolutionary military committee issued its eighteenth decree introducing harsh measures against Communism which it declared to be a crime against the State. This is part of severe security measures introduced by the new regime to prevent a counter coup. Large scale arrests have been made. Dr. John Chang the former Prime Minister, is under house-arrest, and Ministers and vice-Ministers of the ousted Cabinet have been detailed. Altogether about 3,500 people have been rounded up since the take-over.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7VRC86TQLB2V841JHJVMU2WJJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7VRC86TQLB2V841JHJVMU2WJJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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