South Korea The Struggle Gains Its Martyr

A student protester dies, igniting new clashes with police

"My sincerest wish is for Lee Han Yol to become the last person to die violently for the cause of democracy in our country." So said Opposition Leader Kim Young Sam last week following the death of the Yonsei University sophomore in Seoul. Lee, 20, had remained in a coma for 27 days after he was struck in the head by a pepper-gas canister during the demonstrations that jolted South Korea for three weeks last month. As the sole death among the tens of thousands of protesters who took to the street, Lee became an instant martyr to the revolt, which...

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