May 19, 1991 |
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.
May 21, 1991 |
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.
May 27, 1991 |
South Korean President Roh Tae Woo, in a move affirming that he intends to deal sternly with anti-government protests, shuffled his Cabinet on Sunday, making only four changes and including the appointment of yet another law-and-order man. As justice minister, Roh named former Prosecutor General Kim Ki Choon, 51. He also named a retired general, Ahn Pil Joon, 59, president of Korea Coal Co., to be health and social affairs minister.
May 14, 1991 |
Hoping to expand more than two weeks of protests, students and dissidents gathered here today to pay homage to their dead and reiterate their political demands for the ouster of President Roh Tae Woo.
May 16, 1991 |
Students and dissidents who threatened to renew a funeral procession for a student clubbed to death by police backed down and postponed indefinitely their plans to march with the body to Seoul City Hall. Police had blocked the procession by about 50,000 protesters demanding the ouster of President Roh Tae Woo. Roh also came under criticism from members of his own ruling party.
August 30, 1988 |
The violent upheavals that shaped democratic reforms in South Korea last year have given way to a state of relative stability as politicians prepare for an "Olympic truce" to keep a semblance of order when the Summer Games begin Sept. 17. But beneath the calm, cordial surface, an explosive mood is simmering.
June 12, 1988 |
Radical South Korean students hurling firebombs stormed a major government building Saturday and grappled with riot police after security forces had blocked Friday's march to the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas for talks with North Koreans on reunification. Police said 26 students forced their way past guards at the huge Combined Central Government Complex in the center of Seoul, which houses the prime minister's office, the Foreign Ministry and other major government offices.
February 21, 1988 |
Police used tear gas Saturday to break up a demonstration by 600 supporters of dissident leader Kim Dae Jung who were objecting to a proposed election system they say favors South Korea's ruling party. Several protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at police who tried to prevent the marchers from leaving the Myongdong Cathedral compound in downtown Seoul, the site of numerous anti-government protests. Police responded by throwing about 10 tear-gas grenades.