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    A group of prominent intellectuals have added their voices to the call for constitutional reforms in South Korea.

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    A group of prominent intellectuals have added their voices to the call for constitutional reforms in South Korea.

    Fifteen South Korean civic and religious leaders met at the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) building in Seoul on Thursday (December 13). They urged President Park Chung-hee to carry out political reforms aimed at the restoration of democracy, and, in effect, demanded a new constitution.

    The group included former South Korean President Yun Po Sun, Cardinal Kim Soo Hwan, the country's top Roman Catholic prelate, and Doctor George Paik, President Emeritus of the Yonsei University. Students at the University have staged rowdy protests recently against President Park's regime.

    Early this month, the South Korean Cabinet resigned after two months of student protests. President Park formed a new Cabinet the same day, making appointments aimed at appeasing his critics.

    In the following week, the President promised to guarantee freedom of the press, and ordered the immediate release of all students arrested in anti-government pretests since early October.

    At Thursday's meeting of dissidents -- which lasted three hours -- Cardinal Kim Soo Hwan said the democratic system in South Korea had deteriorated since President Park scrapped the old constitution last year to gain vast new powers and a fourth terms as president.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAARWLF7919LDWBYRQJ7TCS8LE6
    Media URN:
    VLVAARWLF7919LDWBYRQJ7TCS8LE6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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