About 2,000 South Korean army troops today (Saturday) withdrew from the major universities in Seoul eight days after they moved into the campuses in a drastic crackdown on continuing student disturbances.
Troops on campus
Tents struck and equipment loaded on lorries
Troops board lorries
Lorries with troops abroad withdraw from campus
GV campus after withdrawal.
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Background: About 2,000 South Korean army troops today (Saturday) withdrew from the major universities in Seoul eight days after they moved into the campuses in a drastic crackdown on continuing student disturbances.
Troops pulled down their tents pitched on the campuses of five universities, loaded their equipment and boarded lorries to leave the campuses this morning.
The withdrawal came shortly after President Chung-hee Park, who ordered the crackdown, told the Government today the troops could be pulled back if there were no signs of new student flare-ups.
About 500 troops left the Kyunghui University last Thursday. Six other universities voluntarily suspended classes to prevent possible student protests against the army occupation of other campuses.
Classes are now expected to reopen sometime next week.
While the army controlled the campuses, university authorities carried out an extensive programme under government orders to expel student trouble-markers and tighten controls on student activities.
A total of 174 students have been expelled for good from their universities, seventy-four unauthorised students groups have been disbanded and more than 6,000 students deprived of draft deferment privileges for boycotting compulsory campus military drill.