South Korea: Old Hatreds, New Mobs

"Riotous demonstrations are the cancer of this society; they are driving this country to destruction," warned President Chung Hee Park last week in a nationwide broadcast. Unless the riots stopped, said Park, the nation's schools would be shut down "semipermanently."

Park's warning was in response to week-long clashes between the police and student mobs numbering as many as 10,000. With more than 400 cops nursing wounds and bruises, Park declared garrison law and rushed the front-line 6th Division into the capital city of Seoul. Several hours before he spoke, soldiers stormed the University of Korea campus, cracked the heads of rock-throwing...

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