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South Korea's main opposition party ended an overnight sit-in yesterday that was called to protest the massive police force used to prevent a major opposition rally a day earlier. About 100 party officials, vowing to continue their fight for a new constitution, left the headquarters of the opposition New Korea Democratic Party by mid-morning Sunday, officials said. Lee Min-woo, president of the party, warned if repression continues, the party will no longer seek change through dialogue and compromise but will launch a campaign to overthrow the government.Skip to next paragraph
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On Saturday, riot police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters to foil a downtown rally planned by the NKDP. About 70,000 riot police were deployed and more than 2,000 people arrested. The government banned the rally, saying the opposition was trying to stir social unrest.
Weinberger to make scheduled NATO visit
Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger will fly to Europe and northern Africa this week for consultations that are expected to be dominated by nuclear arms control issues and recent developments in the Middle East. The defense secretary's main purpose on the eight-day trip is a regularly scheduled meeting of NATO defense ministers. But he is also making a special sidetrip to improve relations with Morocco, and will have to allay European concerns about President Reagan's decision last week to break out from the restrictions of the SALT II nuclear arms accord.
Union Carbide allowed to sell India property
A judge lifted a freeze on the sale of Union Carbide property yesterday, but ordered the US-based multinational to maintain $3 billion in assets to cover claims by more than 500,000 victims of the Bhopal toxic gas leak. District Judge G.S. Patel, in lifting a Nov. 17 ban, cleared the way for the company to proceed with its financial restructuring plan, including the sale of its corporate headquarters building.
French students protest bill on university reform
The French government halted debate on Friday on a bill aimed at reforming university entrance requirements after hundreds of thousands of students demonstrated against the measure. Education Minister Ren'e Monory told the National Assembly to send the measure back to committee for further study. An estimated 92,000 university and high school students marched through the Latin Quarter in Paris Thursday and others gathered towns across France to protest the bill.
Divorce ruling sparks controversy in Argentina
An Argentine Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized divorce has heightened controversy over the issue. In the 3-to-2 decision, the high court struck down an article in the country's marriage laws that barred the right to remarriage while an original spouse was alive. The ruling coincided with a bitter debate among legislators and Roman Catholic church officials over a congressional bill to legalize divorce.
Legal sources said that as a result of the ruling divorced people wishing to remarry would have to go before the courts on a case-by-case basis to be declared eligible.
Taiwanese dissident barred from island nation