SEOUL, South Korea — Students hurled rocks and firebombs at riot police Friday at dozens of universities as violent protests against the government of President Chun Doo Hwan continued for a fifth straight day.
Dissident leaders, meanwhile, vowed to step up the protests this weekend to mark the anniversary Monday of the 1980 suppression by the armed forces of an uprising in the southern city of Kwangju, in which nearly 200 people died by official count.
Police used armored cars, tear gas and baton charges to break up demonstrations at 34 universities and colleges around the country. Columns of students singing revolutionary songs tried to march off campuses as waiting riot police units repeatedly drove them back.
Clashes erupted in the center of Kwangju when about 100 students hurling rocks attacked a police post, injuring an officer, the state television reported. It was the first major clash reported outside a campus during the recent wave of demonstrations.