• Short Summary

    OPPOSITION MEMBERS OF SOUTH KOREA'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FAILED IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT PRESIDENT CHUNG HEE PARK SEEKING RE-ELECTION ON SUNDAY.

  • Description

    OPPOSITION MEMBERS OF SOUTH KOREA'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FAILED IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT PRESIDENT CHUNG HEE PARK SEEKING RE-ELECTION ON SUNDAY. WHILE OPPONENTS STAGED A SIT-IN AT SEOUL'S MAIN ASSEMBLY CHAMBER, RULING DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICAN MEMBERS VOTED IN A NEARBY ANNEX FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT EMPOWERING THE PRESIDENT TO SEEK A THIRD TERM OF OFFICE.

    PRIOR TO THE AMENDMENT, PRESIDENT PARK WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP DOWN FROM OFFICE IN JULY 1971 -- AT THE END OF HIS SECOND TERM AS PRESIDENT.

    THE DISPUTE, CULMINATING SEVERAL WEEKS OF CONTROVERSY AND STUDENT UNREST, FLARED UP ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THE ASSEMBLY'S SPEAKER, HYO-SAND RHEE, CALLED FOR A VOTE ON A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ALLOWING PRESIDENT PARK TO SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 1971.

    MEMBERS OF THE POSITION DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY IMMEDIATELY BEGAN THEIR SIT-IN, OCCUPYING CABINET MINISTERS' SEATS BETWEEN THE SPEAKER'S ROSTRUM AND THE FLOOR OF THE ASSEMBLY.

    RIOT POLICE RINGED THE ASSEMBLY BUILDING TO PREVENT ANY NEW OUTBREAK OF VIOLENT DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. THE POLICE WERE INVOLVED IN SEVERAL SCUFFLES.

    DURING THE EARLY HOURS OF SUNDAY MORNING, THE SIT-IN AT THE ASSEMBLY CHAMBER DEVELOPED INTO A SLEEP-IN AS OPPOSITION MEMBERS SETTLED DOWN FOR THE NIGHT ON THE FLOOR.

    WHEN THE ASSEMBLY RECONVENED IN THE NEARBY ANNEX BUILDING, THE OPPOSITION MEMBERS WERE NOT INFORMED. THE 122 LEGISLATORS PRESENT -- INCLUDING 108 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICANS -- VOTED UNANIMOUSLY FOR THE AMENDMENT. THIS EXCEEDED THE NECESSARY TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY BY EIGHT VOTES.

    AFTER SEIZING POWER DURING A 1961 MILITARY COUP, CHUNG HEE PARK WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT IN 1963 AND 1967.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8QQI497H8PIJUJRSI8E520R1U
    Media URN:
    VLVA8QQI497H8PIJUJRSI8E520R1U
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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