DETERIORATING POLITICAL SCENE IN SOUTH KOREA

Created: 3/24/1960

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CURREKT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY SUMMARY0 .

DETERIORATING POLITICAL SCENE IN SOUTH KOREA

widespread resentment aroused by the Rbeeepressive and fraudulentresulted In serious election-daylead tobetweenajority of the Korean people. There has been an increasing tendency by the regime during the past year to rely on force and repression.

Those newspapers notby the governnent have been outspoken in theirof the administration's election tactics, whichan overwhelming victory for President Rbee and bis running mate, Ti Ki-pung. Large numbers of students havein widely scattered demonstrations. Korean youths, already disenchanted with the Rhee government, nowroup ofstudents killed by police during the bloody election-day riots at the southern port city of Hasan.

are likely to take every opportunity to exploit such antigovernment feeling. The Democratic leadership has called tbe election "null andnd the party'shave walked out of tbe National Assembly.

There are indications that the government 1band would like to bringelaxation of tensions. The home minister bas publicly accepted responsibility for tbe Hasan riots, and Rhee has accepted his resignation. Tbe administration might use tbe traditional resignation of top ministers following aelection to drop or reassign

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most closely associated with the election. Anpolice shake-up alsolikely.

There Is no Indication, however, that dominant ele-

ments In Rhee's Liberal party: have revised their Intentions of monopolizing political': power after Rhee's death.olicy could force theopposition intochannels.

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