SOUTH KOREA: Chun: A Shadowy Strongman

As student turmoil grows, he imposes an army crackdown

Waves of angry students, as many as 35,000 at a time, surged through the streets of Seoul for three successive days last week. Screaming antigovernment slogans, the demonstrators rammed barricades with commandeered buses and clashed with club-swinging riot police. Clouds of tear gas hung over Chongro, one of the city's busiest commercial streets, as army troops in armored personnel carriers crept up in case they were needed to back up beleaguered police. One policeman was killed, while scores of both police and students were seriously injured. Hundreds of other protesters were...

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