Down With Dictatorship!

Some 7,300 delegates of the ruling Democratic Justice Party gathered in Seoul's Chamsil Gymnasium last week to select their nominee for President of South Korea. What a surprise. There was only one candidate, and his acceptance speech had been printed and distributed even before the vote took place. At 2 p.m., the convention cast 7,260 votes for Party Chairman Roh Tae Woo, the handpicked successor of President Chun Doo Hwan and the almost certain winner in the national elections planned for December. By 5 p.m. thousands of demonstrators had poured into the streets of Seoul and 21 other cities to protest...