SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of students occupied the compound of Seoul's Roman Catholic cathedral, erected barricades and battled police with firebombs and rocks today as supporters tried to break through to reinforce them.
Several thousand demonstrators, chanting "Down with military dictatorship!" and demanding the ouster of President Chun Doo Hwan's ruling party, clashed with helmeted riot police in downtown Seoul for a second day.
Much of the fighting was centered upon the Myongdong Cathedral complex, which besieged students declared "a liberated zone" as they attacked police with iron bars, wooden clubs and fists.
Tear Gas Grenades
Clashes erupted in the maze of narrow streets surrounding the cathedral as protesters tried to break through thousands of riot police to reinforce their besieged colleagues. Most of them failed.