South Korea: Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown

Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown

President Chun Doo Hwan seems to have lost patience with the growing clamor for democratic reform. Among the first to feel his wrath: Kim Dae Jung, 61, the country's leading dissident, who was placed under house arrest for the ninth time since he returned to Seoul from exile in the U.S. a year ago. Last week government

officials also temporarily detained Kim Young Sam, a leader of the opposition New Korea Democratic Party, and 270 followers, 77 of them representatives in the National Assembly. Meanwhile, about 1,000 police surrounded the N.K.D.P.'s downtown Seoul headquarters, preventing a party meeting from taking place.

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