SEOUL — A radical student set himself afire and jumped from a second-story window on a college campus Friday to protest the fatal police beating of a fellow demonstrator.
The immolation, the third by a student protester this week, came as radicals planned nationwide protests today demanding that the South Korean government disband a specially trained police unit accused of the beating death last week. The student who set himself ablaze Friday died several hours later at Yonsei University.
The beating death, the suicides and the widespread protests they have triggered represent a serious challenge to President Roh Tae Woo, who has removed a Cabinet minister in an unsuccessful bid to stem the demonstrations.
An alliance of 40 radical student and dissident groups said they will stage anti-government protests across South Korea today. Government officials said more than 20,000 police will be deployed to block protests expected in Seoul and about a dozen other cities.