South Korea: Echo of History?

Almost exactly five years ago, South Korean students swept into the streets of Seoul for a week of rioting that finally brought the downfall of Syngman Rhee. Last week students were on the rampage again with the same strident tone of reckless abandon. First, 2,000 chanting collegians traded stones for tear gas with mesh-masked police. Three days later, a mob of 6,000 swarmed through the capital's main streets. On and on it went, until the daily demonstrations mushroomed to 10,000 youths in Seoul, with lesser eruptions in other cities as well.


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