Over a thousand Yonsei University students were involved Nov 17 in a violent battle with police in the streets of Seoul, South Korea.
Over a thousand Yonsei University students were involved Nov 17 in a violent battle with police in the streets of Seoul, South Korea. The students - protesting against the dismissal of three of the University's professors - were repeatedly driven back by heavy baton charges.
Truncheons and boots were used liberally by some 500 police as they struggled with the students at close quarters. Many were arrested and dragged off to waiting trucks.
Shouting for the professors and students be reinstated, the students hurled heavy rocks at the advancing police. But tear gas bombs and a final mass charge set them running and effectively ended the demonstration. 126 students were detained for their part in the disturbances.
The official reason for the dismissal of the professors was that they "opposed the school authorities unjustifiably". Three students were also expelled for organising a boycott of classes.