CHONJU, South Korea — Thousands of youths threw gasoline bombs and shouted "down with dictatorship" in a clash with police Saturday after blockading an opposition rally.
Police officials said 15 protesters were detained. Earlier, youths beat drums and shouted anti-government and anti-American slogans to delay a rally by the opposition New Korea Democratic Party.
Students blocked leaders of the New Korea Democratic Party from attending the rally staged as part of an opposition campaign for direct elections. They were finally persuaded to let the party leaders enter a hall for the 2 1/2-hour rally in this city 125 miles south of Seoul.
Some dissidents suspect that the opposition will accept a parliamentary system of government, supported by President Chun Doo Hwan, rather than the direct presidential elections they now demand, as a replacement for the current electoral college system.