ALLEGATIONS REGARDING COMMUNIST PARTICIPATION IN THE SOUTH KOREAN POLITI CAL CR

Created: 4/26/1960

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MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT: Allegation! regarding communlii participation In tha South Korean political crlila.

outh Korean Home Ministry, following the rlote at Maaan on alactlon day, IS March, announced that tha trouble reflected communlet tactlce.

m Onpril, after violence again erupted, President Rhea atated publicly, "It la suspected that the communlata are behind tha praaant riot. Such rlota preeent tha communlataelcome

opportunity."

ew days later the principal government newspaper davotad front page headlines to alleged "communlet activities" la connection with the rlote*

npril tha Puaan provincial police chtof ordarad afor all persona having communist connactlone.

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Tang her* in Wathlogtc _

publicha riots were communist instigated. However, Ixi'iuanWinclaihU reelgnMlon la Washington today, tang ie reported toide had been Inetructod by hie government "to eay that there wae comraunlitave beenhat there waa no communistant publicly to

rmy Chief ol Staff, Lt. General Song,ress briefing onpril, etated that no evidence had been found that the communists influenced the demonstrations.

s far as we Know, no credible evidence has been received here In Washington to substantiate any claims of communist Instigation or direct participation. Of course communist propaganda media la North Korea and elsewhere are exploiting the South Korean disorders.

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