December 21, 1995 |
Former Presidents Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae Woo were indicted today on charges stemming from a 1979 mutiny, prosecutors said, with the formal charges coming just hours after Chun was moved from his prison cell to a hospital. Prosecutors said Chun and Roh were each charged with six offenses relating to the Dec. 12, 1979, takeover of the army: illegal movement of troops, desertion of assigned posts, killing of superiors, injury of superiors, killing of sentries and leading a mutiny.
June 14, 1988
Radical South Korean students hurled firebombs and tear-gas grenades at an American cultural center in the sixth attack on a U.S. facility in five months, officials said. Three students were arrested after throwing homemade explosives, Molotov cocktails and tear-gas grenades at the American Cultural Center in Taegu, 155 miles southeast of Seoul. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the building. The attack in Taegu came amid days of scattered protests demanding an end to the U.S.
November 26, 1988 |
President Roh Tae Woo asked South Koreans today to forgive his authoritarian predecessor, Chun Doo Hwan, who three days earlier made an emotional public apology for his abuses while in power. In an attempt to gain control over a volatile political situation, in which Roh has come under criticism because of direct ties between his administration and Chun's regime, Roh announced a package of democratic concessions and said he will soon reshuffle his government.
June 24, 1987 |
Is Korea a buy? A lot of people think so. They are clamoring to invest in a country where students are in the streets throwing stones at policemen and President Chun Doo Hwan has been pressured into holding talks with his political opposition. The result of those talks will be either compromise and political reform or further disorder and bloodshed if the military is ordered to quell the student protests. Are the investors foolhardy to gamble on a good outcome for Korea? Not really.
June 27, 1987 |
In a country purged of normal politics by an authoritarian government, national issues are often taken to the streets. Since the anti-government protests broke out June 10, student leaders have put more than 100,000 followers into street demonstrations. Word was passed on Seoul's more than 20 college campuses, and for Friday night's demonstrations leaflets were distributed downtown asking for support and designating assembly points.