SEOUL, South Korea — Dissident leader Kim Dae Jung confronted police for 2 1/2 hours today after they stopped his car in mid-town Seoul to prevent him from attending a meeting of his opposition political movement.
Kim stayed inside his car and blocked a busy intersection throughout the encounter, finally giving up his protest after about 40 followers, including five legislators, were taken away by police.
"It's outrageous, they have no right to block us," one of Kim's aides said.
Witnesses said Kim was driving through a downtown intersection near the Seoul City Hall on his way to the offices of the Council for the Promotion of Democracy, an opposition group led by Kim and fellow dissident Kim Young Sam.
About two blocks from the offices, where about 70 people had begun a 48-hour sit-in to protest a recent crackdown on political dissent, a police car pulled in front of Kim's sedan, forcing it to a halt.