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August 28, 1990
Hundreds of baseball fans in Seoul, South Korea, stormed onto a field to protest their team's performance and hurled broken bottles, trash cans, rocks and burning chairs in a rampage that left nine people hospitalized. President Roh Tae-woo ordered an investigation into the incident. The prosecutor general's office said six men were being held by police for questioning. One of the injured was hit in the abdomen by shards of glass and was hospitalized in serious condition, police said.
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July 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
Armed with rocks and bamboo staffs, students and farmers attacked club-wielding police and wrote protest messages in blood Tuesday in one of the biggest anti-U.S. demonstrations since South Korean President Kim Dae Jung took office in 1998. Police said about 14,000 protesters massed for the demonstration, which criticized the South Korean government as well as the United States.
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May 26, 1991 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The toll in South Korea's monthlong protest rose to nine dead Saturday as a student was killed, apparently trampled as she and other protesters fled a barrage of virulent pepper gas in downtown Seoul. She was identified as Kim Kwi Jung, 25, a junior at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul.
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March 5, 2000 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A remarkable thing happened in this often-polarized young democracy: The tear gas factory went out of business. It's a metaphor for the quiet revolution occurring here. For most of the last two decades, tear gas and riots seemed to go together here like beef bulgogi and kimchi. Police with canisters of the gas in hand fought their way through mobs of angry protesters, at times on a daily basis. But a year ago, the police began turning their swords into plowshares.
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August 18, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of police firing tear gas stormed Seoul's Yonsei University, determined to put down six days of campus violence inspired by student activists' support for unification with North Korea. Hundreds of students fought back with steel pipes but, tired and outnumbered by about 10,000 police, retreated into a science building for the night.
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May 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dissident students hurling rocks and firebombs fought police in Kwangju and a dozen other cities on the eve of today's 10th anniversary of a bloody anti-government uprising in Kwangju. South Korea's 130,000-strong police force was on top alert after a major dissident coalition called for nationwide protests today to mark the anniversary of the 1980 uprising in the southwestern city, which was crushed by troops with the deaths of at least 200 citizens.
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May 10, 1990 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tens of thousands of demonstrators protesting the merging of two South Korean opposition parties into President Roh Tae Woo's ruling party invaded downtown Seoul on Wednesday for the first time since July, 1987, stoned the U.S. Information Service and set fire to a corner office in the American building. About 4,000 students from a main force of an estimated 40,000 protesters smashed 13 windows in the first and second floors of the USIS building, which houses an American cultural center.
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May 20, 1990 | From Associated Press
More than 25,000 students shouting anti-government and anti-U.S. slogans barricaded the entrances to a university campus Saturday, and a student injured trying to reach the protest later died. As news of the student's death spread, thousands of riot police outside the campus of Chonnam University withdrew, apparently to avoid provoking protesters.
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June 9, 1991 | From Associated Press
More than 30,000 riot police broke up violent street protests Saturday by students and workers demanding the ouster of South Korean President Roh Tae Woo. Meanwhile, two workers set themselves on fire in labor disputes, news reports said. The incidents apparently were not related to similar self-immolations that have accompanied the violence rocking the country since the April 26 fatal police beating of a student.
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May 19, 1991 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fatal police clubbing of Kang Kyung Dae, a 20-year-old Myungji University freshman, not only launched the most enduring street protests in South Korea in four years. It also served to bring to the surface some of the deep disagreements that South Koreans have with President Roh Tae Woo's government. It has shown that South Koreans still have problems with their new-found, still-incomplete democracy. How the current political unrest will be resolved remains unclear.
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June 4, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
An autopsy on a police officer killed during campus violence Monday cast doubt on reports that he was clubbed to death by students and supported student claims that he was killed by a police vehicle. A senior prosecutor said it was possible the officer was hit by a pepper gas launcher, as students maintained. But he added: "His death was still caused by the students."
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June 3, 1997 | From Associated Press
Thousands of police retreated in a haze of tear gas and a hailstorm of rocks Monday when students demanding South Korean President Kim Young Sam's resignation attacked them with firebombs and metal pipes. One police officer was killed, reportedly from a blow with a pipe. Dozens of the retreating officers were seen in flames.
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May 17, 1997 | Reuters
Student violence erupted in the southern city of Kwangju on Friday as residents prepared to mourn victims of a 1980 army massacre in the first officially sponsored anniversary ceremonies. More than 300 students wielding iron bars and hurling Molotov cocktails fought pitched battles with riot police around Chosun University, witnesses said.
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January 20, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
President Kim Young Sam agreed to meet opposition leaders to try to resolve the labor unrest that has idled the country's key industries for more than three weeks. The president's office announced the concession today as tens of thousands of union members returned to work. Hundreds of militant students battled police on Sunday with firebombs, rocks and tear gas, hours after a union leader urged an end to protest violence.
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August 18, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of police firing tear gas stormed Seoul's Yonsei University, determined to put down six days of campus violence inspired by student activists' support for unification with North Korea. Hundreds of students fought back with steel pipes but, tired and outnumbered by about 10,000 police, retreated into a science building for the night.
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November 30, 1994 | From Times Wire Services
Riot police battled farmers and stu dents Tuesday, firing tear gas to stop thousands of demonstrators surging toward Parliament to protest a plan to open the nation's rice market. Protesters in the front row of the crowd wielded iron bars and fought with a huge force of riot police that had been deployed around the National Assembly building on the vast Yoido Island plaza in central Seoul. Police vans opened fire with tear-gas launchers before the marchers reached the main gate.
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May 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
South Korean President Roh Tae Woo met with his top advisers as the country's unrest showed no sign of abating. News reports said a Cabinet shake-up and a release of political prisoners were imminent. Anti-government rallies have spread to more than 75 cities.
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August 7, 1988 | United Press International
Hundreds of dissident South Korean students threw firebombs today at the U.S. Information Agency building in the southwestern city of Kwangju, and three policemen were injured in an ensuing clash with pipe-wielding youths, news reports said. Twelve of the dissidents were arrested in the violence, the reports said. The assault occurred at 6 p.m.
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July 10, 1993 | Reuters
South Korean riot police battled Friday with more than 1,000 students staging an anti-U.S. protest on the eve of President Clinton's arrival here. Fighting erupted before most of the protesters were arrested. Several people were hurt. Police did not use tear gas, as is their custom, to quell the demonstration at Dongguk University. The campus gates are just across from the Shilla Hotel, where Clinton's entourage is scheduled to stay tonight.
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June 1, 1992 | Associated Press
Thousands of militant students occupied City Hall plaza Sunday after fierce hand-to-hand battles with riot police in one of the largest anti-government protests in recent years. More than a dozen students and police were injured, but there were no immediate reports of arrests. "Down with DLP!" the students shouted as they raised clenched fists into a sky filled with tear gas.
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