By Jae-Eui Lee
First book in English of this eyewitness account of the 1980 civilian rebellion opposed to Chun Doo Hwan's army coup. First released in Korean in 1985 lower than the identify of dissident novelist Hwang Sog-yong, this revised variation contains an creation via Bruce Cumings, college of Chicago, and an essay by way of investigative journalist Tim Shorrock on U.S. involvement within the repression. This ebook bought multiple million copies in Asia in its Korean and eastern variations.
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Concluding that massive arrests were imminent, Chonnam's student leadership fled to the Mudung Cabin on the outskirts of the city. m. they went to the Taeji Hotel and attempted to check on the situation in Seoul. They were unable to contact anybody there. The union decided to go into hiding. Less than an hour later, police raided the hotel, but the student leaders were already gone. , youth activists and dissident leaders throughout the city were placed under arrest. In a broad sweep, military intelligence agents and police raided their bedrooms and led them out at gunpoint.
Students, now numbering 2,000, quietly infiltrated the Municipal Student Hall block through a loose cordon. In front of the hall, about thirty policemen were taking a rest by their teargas-spraying vehicle. Students in front of the building pelted them with rocks until they retreated. Then the demonstrators stormed in and destroyed the equipment and vehicle left behind. A student wearing a big smile lifted a radio over his head and shattered it against the pavement. Students tried to torch the tear-gas carrier.
Several students writhed on the ground, and the concrete ran red with their blood. Others were run off into a side street and cornered by half a dozen troopers. The students managed to regroup and threw stones at the squad of soldiers. The soldiers began a bold assault. They rushed the students, not bothering to dodge the rocks, and each soldier picked his target. Each soldier rushed in, incapacitated his target with one quick blow to the head and dragged the body away. The battle lasted for half an hour.