International: Strongman Syngman

More than 50 prominent South Koreans —scholars, businessmen, labor leaders and Assemblymen—gathered in Pusan's International Club restaurant one night last week to talk over their dislike of "power-thirsty" President Syngman Rhee and to consider what to do about it.

The meeting had just begun when 20 hoodlums broke into the banquet room, upset tables, heaved chairs and flower pots, and beat up two elderly scholars. On their heels came Rhee's uniformed police, who made a great show of arresting four of the rioters, but also arrested at least one of the rioters' victims. "We don't know who they are," said Rhee's propaganda...

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