South Korea: Disaster at Dongeui

Disaster at Dongeui

The negotiations had dragged on all night at Pusan's Dongeui University, but by dawn the 100 students on the seventh floor of the school library still refused to free the five policemen they held hostage. When 20 policemen tried to break into the room, the captors tossed fire bombs at a hallway barricade that they had soaked with kerosene and paint thinner. The raiders were not lucky: six policemen died, and ten were seriously injured.

The police soon freed their five colleagues and arrested 94 students, but the incident shocked South Koreans. Despite almost daily clashes with student demonstrators, until last...

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