South Korea Onslaughts of Force and Fury

Radical students form the core of opposition to the Chun regime

On the 49th day after death, according to Buddhist teaching, the souls of the dead make their journey into the next world. So it was last week that on the appointed day several thousand students gathered in the streets of Seoul to mark the final passage of Park Jong Chul, a 21-year-old student who had died during a police interrogation. What followed was more like a descent into hell.

The students, joined by an assortment of sympathizers, were met by an overwhelming onslaught of force and fury. Some 10,000 shield-bearing policemen, armored in riot helmets, blocked major street corners. As the...

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