SOUTH KOREA: Net of Repression

At various times in his twelve-year rule, South Korea's dour President Park Chung Hee has talked about democracy —but never very convincingly. Last week he left no doubt about his true feelings, angrily cracking down on all opposing voices in the wake of widespread demands for a new, more liberal constitution to replace the repressive one he imposed on the country a little more than a year ago.

Opposition to his constitution, which gives Park dictatorial powers, came into the open in October when students began marching in protest. They were soon joined by leading religious, civil and...

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