SEOUL, South Korea — Police clashed with hundreds of students today at five universities where demonstrators shouted slogans in support of a group holed up in the U.S. Information Service building. The protesters hurled rocks and firebombs and the police fired tear gas.
Earlier today, two leading dissidents urged restraint on the student protesters who have barricaded themselves in the second-floor library of the USIS building and vowed to "fast to the end."
At the prestigious Yonsei University, police fired tear gas to break up about 800 demonstrators who fought with gasoline-filled bottles and stones.
Urged to Depart
Witnesses reported similar demonstrations at Sungkyunkwan, Korea, Sogang and Seoul National universities.
A message from U.S. Ambassador Richard L. Walker, urging the 70 barricaded students to depart with "quiet dignity," was delivered to them late in the day.