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Police, Protesters Clash as Uprising in Kwangju Recalled

From Reuters

Thousands of South Korean protesters clashed with riot police Friday after a rally that drew 100,000 to mark the bloody army suppression of a 1980 popular uprising in Kwangju.

The rally itself was peaceful, but students and other protesters in groups ranging up to 10,000 confronted police afterward, throwing gasoline bombs and stones.

Riot police broke up the protests. Although police reported arrests and injuries, they gave no details.

The demonstrators demanded the punishment of those responsible for the Kwangju affair, and called for the downfall of President Roh Tae Woo and his ruling Democratic Liberal Party.

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