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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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April 29, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A former bank executive, quizzed by parliament in a bribery scandal that has rocked the government, was found hanged at his Seoul home--an apparent suicide--police said. Park Suk Tae, 59, a former loan officer of Korea First Bank, was among 41 politicians, bank officials and others questioned by a special parliamentary committee investigating the scandal. The scandal centers on Hanbo Iron & Steel Co., the nation's second-largest steelmaker, which collapsed in January under $6 billion in debt.
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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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May 4, 1991 | From Associated Press
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.
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April 29, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A former bank executive, quizzed by parliament in a bribery scandal that has rocked the government, was found hanged at his Seoul home--an apparent suicide--police said. Park Suk Tae, 59, a former loan officer of Korea First Bank, was among 41 politicians, bank officials and others questioned by a special parliamentary committee investigating the scandal. The scandal centers on Hanbo Iron & Steel Co., the nation's second-largest steelmaker, which collapsed in January under $6 billion in debt.
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August 31, 1987
Autopsies showed that some of the 32 people found dead in a South Korea factory had been poisoned, but police said it still was unclear whether the members of an apparent cult died by murder or suicide. The search continued for 59 other workers and their families missing from the handicrafts factory in the thickly wooded hills near the town of Yongin, south of Seoul. No other victims have been found, and police declined to say whether they believed the death toll would rise.
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May 17, 1988 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
A university student jumped to his death from a hospital window after claiming that he had been committed as a mental patient because of his political activities, an opposition party said Monday. The Party for Peace and Democracy disclosed the incident, which occured Friday, as student demonstrations erupted over another suicide by a student who leaped from a rooftop Sunday after demanding the release of all political prisoners.
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October 6, 1988 | From Reuters
A total of 2,254 South Korean soldiers have killed themselves in the last eight years, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. A ministry statement to Parliament said 2,254 men had committed suicide since 1980, 290 more died from unspecified violent acts and 3,723 were killed in training and other accidents. The newspaper Dong-A Ilbo said the high death toll resulted from the harsh discipline and violence prevalent in the South Korean armed forces.
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May 19, 1991 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another South Korean set herself afire--the sixth such death in three weeks of protests--as about 60,000 demonstrators here completed a funeral for a student beaten to death by police, commemorated the anniversary of an uprising in Kwangju and protested President Roh Tae Woo's policies. Nationwide, at least 200,000 demonstrated in more than 80 cities, according to Yonhap News Agency--equal to the turnout in protests last Tuesday.
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May 19, 1991 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another South Korean set herself afire--the sixth such death in three weeks of protests--as about 60,000 demonstrators here completed a funeral for a student beaten to death by police, commemorated the anniversary of an uprising in Kwangju and protested President Roh Tae Woo's policies. Nationwide, at least 200,000 demonstrated in more than 80 cities, according to Yonhap News Agency--equal to the turnout in protests last Tuesday.
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May 4, 1991 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 3, 1989 | FRED HIATT, The Washington Post
A suicide pact by four sisters aged 6 to 13 has set South Korea to searching its soul about poverty, male chauvinism and the nation's uneven march toward prosperity. The four little girls drank rat poison Monday in what the eldest described later as an effort to lighten the burden of her downtrodden parents and baby brother.
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October 6, 1988 | From Reuters
A total of 2,254 South Korean soldiers have killed themselves in the last eight years, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. A ministry statement to Parliament said 2,254 men had committed suicide since 1980, 290 more died from unspecified violent acts and 3,723 were killed in training and other accidents. The newspaper Dong-A Ilbo said the high death toll resulted from the harsh discipline and violence prevalent in the South Korean armed forces.
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May 17, 1988 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
A university student jumped to his death from a hospital window after claiming that he had been committed as a mental patient because of his political activities, an opposition party said Monday. The Party for Peace and Democracy disclosed the incident, which occured Friday, as student demonstrations erupted over another suicide by a student who leaped from a rooftop Sunday after demanding the release of all political prisoners.
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March 3, 1989 | FRED HIATT, The Washington Post
A suicide pact by four sisters aged 6 to 13 has set South Korea to searching its soul about poverty, male chauvinism and the nation's uneven march toward prosperity. The four little girls drank rat poison Monday in what the eldest described later as an effort to lighten the burden of her downtrodden parents and baby brother.
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February 18, 2007 | Burt Herman, Associated Press Writer
Dr. Lee Hong-shick saw signs of trouble while visiting a hospital emergency room. The psychiatrist witnessed more and more people with slashed wrists or stomachs full of drugs from suicide attempts, and was shocked to see they were treated and sent home without further attention. So Lee founded the Korean Assn. for Suicide Prevention and has become one of South Korea's leading voices calling attention to a troubling increase in suicides.
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August 31, 1987
Autopsies showed that some of the 32 people found dead in a South Korea factory had been poisoned, but police said it still was unclear whether the members of an apparent cult died by murder or suicide. The search continued for 59 other workers and their families missing from the handicrafts factory in the thickly wooded hills near the town of Yongin, south of Seoul. No other victims have been found, and police declined to say whether they believed the death toll would rise.
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