With the leaders of the military revolt in complete control of South Korea, May 18, Prime Minister John Chang emerged from hiding in Seoul and resigned with his Cabinet.
With the leaders of the military revolt in complete control of South Korea, May 18, Prime Minister John Chang emerged from hiding in Seoul and resigned with his Cabinet. The resignation of the Government came after Dr. Chang held a short Cabinet meeting. In a statement he said that he wanted no bloodshed and said the nation must seek more international support in the stand against Communism.
Leader of the new regime, General Chang Do Yung, gave a policy statement soon after the announcement. He appeared outside the city hall and spoke to newsmen while 500 army cadets marched through the streets in a demonstration of support. He said that the military Committee of Thirty would rule the state as a "democratic republic" retaining supreme power for the time being. He said their first aim would be to improve the National welfare.
He warned that the committee would "unhesitatingly repress" communists masquerading as progressives". This was backed up on May 19, when almost 2,000 people were detained as communist sympathizers. To the unsettled student elements he said they should stay at school and learn more instead of playing politics. General Yung was hopeful about future good relations with the United States.
United States General Carter Magruder, the United Nations Supreme Commander in Korea, issued a strong statement during the coup, calling on all troops under his command, which includes two divisions of the Korean Army, to remain loyal to the Chang Government. He was backed up by the United States charge d'affaires in Seoul, mr. Marshal Green, who stated the Chang Government was the only legitimate one under the Constitution. Throughout the coup there was no comment from the State Department in Washington.
On May 20, it was announced that former Prime Minister Chang, and eleven members of his Cabinet, have been arrested and put in jail. President Yun Posun has been persuaded to stay in office by the leaders of the new regime.