South Korea Heading Down the Homestretch

Will the first free election since 1971 end in a photo finish?

In Kwangju last week, angry crowds hurled rocks, bottles and sticks at Ruling Party Candidate Roh Tae Woo, forcing him to rush through his speech. In Seoul, a cheering throng of several hundred thousand heard fiery Dissident Kim Dae Jung renew his attack on military rule. In a five-city whistle-stop tour, rival Opposition Leader Kim Young Sam proclaimed the election a race "between justice and injustice."

Welcome to Campaign '87 South Korean-style. After nearly four decades of repressive rule, voters will go to the polls next Wednesday in the first free presidential contest since 1971. From Yonchon near the North Korean...

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