South Korea: A Halt to Merger Mania

A Halt to Merger Mania

Amid shouts of "Let's regain our national identity!" some 13,000 student protesters massed at Yonsei University in downtown Seoul last week. Their goal: to accompany an unofficial 13-member delegation to the "truce village" of Panmunjom, 30 miles away, in the Demilitarized Zone. There a matching delegation of 13 from Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, the Communist North Korean capital, waited to hold "reunification talks."

The protesters never made it. About 40,000 combat police, wielding clubs and tossing tear-gas canisters, blocked the roadways and chased militants who tried to catch north-bound trains. Some demonstrators fought back with rocks and fire bombs....

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