SOUTH KOREA: Protests Against Park

No flower can remain in full bloom for more than ten days. No man alive can last longer than ten years in power. —Korean proverb

Ever since he rode to power in 1961 as head of a military junta, South Korea's President Park Chung Hee has done his best to disprove that adage —primarily by trying to suppress all political opposition. The press has been gagged, the National Assembly turned into a rubber-stamp parliament, and political rallies have been banned (except those approved by the government). Despite these and other unpopular...