South Korea A Volcano of Unrest

Students take to the ramparts in rising antigovernment protests

Rocks and other missiles flew through the air like shrapnel as some 1,500 students rioted on the fourth day of antigovernment protests at Kwangju's Chonnam University. Riot police with orders to disperse the demonstrators charged into the crowd, flailing nightsticks. As the running battle continued, one group of students overpowered a police officer and bound him hand and foot, beating him relentlessly in the process. The captured officer would be held hostage, the students announced, until five of their comrades arrested the day before were released. The police responded brutally and effectively. They stormed buildings across the campus, firing tear-gas canisters...

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