In Seoul yesterday (Thursday), students clashed with riot police in hours of running street battles as growing student protests against compulsory military training continued for the third day running.
UNCUT FILM shows various shots police and students clash outside university, stones hurled.
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Background: In Seoul yesterday (Thursday), students clashed with riot police in hours of running street battles as growing student protests against compulsory military training continued for the third day running.
Hails of stones hurled by students and tear gas from police left 15 students and 10 police injured. About 100 students were detained by police but were all later released.
The strength of the student protest varied but the main force comprised about 1,000 students each from two prestigious universities in Seoul - who threw stones in repeated attempts to break through police lines and march into the centre of the city.
But their attempts were foiled each time by helmeted riot police who fired more than 100 tear gas shells into the charging students, and keep them within a few hundred yards (metres) of their universities.
The fresh student trouble in Seoul ended nearly two years of lull. The new campaign is against the compulsory military training of three hours a week for all college students to replace the voluntary reserve officer training programme. The new training started this year.
The military training has now developed into a major issue in the current campaign for South Korea' presidential election on April 27th. The New Democratic Party candidate, Mr Dae-jung Kim, chief opponent of President Chung-hee Park who is seeking a third term, has pledged a total abolition of campus military drill.