• Short Summary

    TWO-HUNDRED SOUTH KOREAN TROOPS, LED BY 50 OFFICERS, DEMONSTRATED ON FRIDAY AND DEMANDED:-
    1. A CONTINUATION?

  • Description

    TWO-HUNDRED SOUTH KOREAN TROOPS, LED BY 50 OFFICERS, DEMONSTRATED ON FRIDAY AND DEMANDED:-
    1. A CONTINUATION OF THE PRESENT MILITARY REGIME;
    2. IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY MARTIAL LAW;
    3. THE RESIGNATION OF DEFENCE MINISTER LIEUT-GEN. PYUNG KWON PAK; AND
    4. THE IMMEDIATE EXECUTION OF THOSE RECENTLY ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF PLOTTING AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.

    THEY DEMONSTRATED OUTSIDE THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL, WHOSE LEADER, GENERAL PARK CHUNG KEE, SENT AN OFFICER TO DISPERSE THEM. THEY DISOBEYED AND MILITARY POLICE WERE CALLED IN. THEY WERE ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO A MILITARY JAIL.

    THE ROOT OF THE DISSENSION IS GENERAL PARK'S PLAN TO TURN POWER OVER TO CIVILIAN POLITICIANS IN AUGUST. MANY MEMBERS OF THE JUNTA HAVE, APPARENTLY, BEEN RELUCTANT TO SURRENDER POWER TO OUTSIDERS.

    A REFERENDUM WILL NOW DECIDE WHETHER TO EXTEND THE MILITARY JUNTA, WHICH HAS BEEN IN POWER SINCE MAY 1961, ANOTHER FOUR YEARS. WITH KOREA'S FRAIL ECONOMY AT LAST BEING JOGGED INTO LIFE BY THE JUNTA'S AUSTERITY, GENERAL PARK IS CONFIDENT THAT HE CAN APPEAL TO PEOPLE OVER DISSIDENT ARMY INTERESTS. BUT THE VITAL QUESTION-MARK IS WHETHER HE STILL COMMANDS THE UNSWERVING LOYALTY OF HIS MILITARY SUPPORTERS. OBSERVERS SEE DANGER OF SOUTH KOREA MOVING TO CIVIL WAR.

    YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) THE SUPREME COUNCIL ACCEPTED THE RESIGNATION OF THE CABINET, BUT MOST MINISTERS WERE LATER RETAINED IN THE NEW CABINET. MINISTERS SAID THEY CLAIMED "MORAL RESPONSIBILITY" FOR THE ANTI-GOVERNMENT PLOT. LIEUT-GEN. PYUNG, THE DEFENCE MINISTER WHOSE RESIGNATION WAS CALLED FOR, DECIDED TO RETIRE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB4B1Q1IUNK1G2SUGID8LNQAEJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAB4B1Q1IUNK1G2SUGID8LNQAEJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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