• Short Summary

    Anti-Government student demonstrators in Seoul South Korea Apr26 turned from violence to jubilation as President Rhee, virtual dictator for 12 years, announced he was ready to resign -"if it was the people's wish."
    The words had an electric effect - after the bloodshed and rioting, the atmosphere changed instantly.

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    Anti-Government student demonstrators in Seoul South Korea Apr26 turned from violence to jubilation as President Rhee, virtual dictator for 12 years, announced he was ready to resign -"if it was the people's wish."
    The words had an electric effect - after the bloodshed and rioting, the atmosphere changed instantly. Cheering crowds joined the students in the streets as the Army - identified with leanings of questionable loyalty to the Government - patrolled the city in tanks. Riflemen with fixed bayonets marched briskly in Indian file through rows of flag-waving slogan-yelling demonstrators.

    Soon the scenes of Korean liberation day 1945 returned .. demonstrators showing they had no dispute with the Army sprang on the patrolling tanks and roared through the streets shouting: Out with Rhee. Other demonstrators applauded the riflemen still marching briskly in semblance of sentinel duty.

    By nightfall Seoul was quiet - Rhee had resigned and at 85 prepared to leave the Presidential Palace to start life afresh - as a private citizen at a small country villa two miles outside the capital. The Apr 28 suicide pact of Dr. Rhee's Vice-President Lee Ki Poong and family marked a bloody sequel to ten days of open revolt against the ruling regime.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA82X3X8QURL9L2227Y531UHXPA
    Media URN:
    VLVA82X3X8QURL9L2227Y531UHXPA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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