South Korea End of a Siege

Anti-Chun students give up

Finally, after three tense days, the barricades came down. Some 70 South Korean students who had shut themselves in the second-floor library of the U.S. Information Service building in downtown Seoul decided to call it quits, partly because of exhaustion and partly because of the quiet mediation of U.S. embassy officials. But as the students left, just after noon Sunday, each wore a white headband with the inscription DOWN WITH MILITARY DICTATORSHIP.

The days of siege began last Thursday with students drifting in ones and twos into the library. To the security guards on duty in the four-story former U.S. embassy...

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