• Short Summary

    Despite a boycott and demonstrations of protest from groups opposed to President Park Chung-hee, South Korea's national referendum on sweeping new powers for the President went ahead yesterday (February 12).

  • Description

    Despite a boycott and demonstrations of protest from groups opposed to President Park Chung-hee, South Korea's national referendum on sweeping new powers for the President went ahead yesterday (February 12).

    And first results issued by government sources in the capital, Seoul, indicate a majority in favour of President Park's policies.

    But the referendum was another focal point for the opposition led by Catholic groups and the New Democratic Party which withdrew from the referendum despite government threats to deal severely with those who abstained from voting.

    The opposition called the new presidential constitution harsh and dictatorial and demanded a return to the principles of democracy.

    The new leader of the NDP, Kim Young-sam expressed his criticism of the referendum by remaining in his office on hunger-strike. The former leader of the party, Kim Dae-jung made his protest by going to church, where bells were rung to signify opposition.

    However, the referendum result appears to show approval for the present South Korean constitution which President Park first introduced under martial law in 1972 and through which he gained almost total power.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABA0V1B3LSGBX7HF7AXRQVJ29A
    Media URN:
    VLVABA0V1B3LSGBX7HF7AXRQVJ29A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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