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At SNU, 2nd sit-in staged by students

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Dozens of professors and union leaders at Seoul National University issue a statement in support of hundreds of students who were holding a sit-in at the president’s office yesterday. [NEWSIS]


The president and staff of Seoul National University were unable to get into their offices in the university’s main building yesterday because they were blocked by hundreds of students who demanded that the president discuss the school’s plan to become an independent entity.

This is the second time that students have occupied the building, after staging a sit-in outside of the president’s office in March. During that sit-in, President Oh Yeon-cheon was blocked for 12 hours from leaving his office.

This time, about 500 students occupied the main building since Monday night, shutting access to the administrative building.

“We will continue demonstrating unless the school discusses its incorporation plan,” said Ji Yun, who heads the SNU student council. “If President Oh doesn’t come to meet us here by 6 p.m. [today], we will consider toughening our protest plans.”

The university said that Oh canceled all of his appointments for this week and held an emergency meeting at another building.

A group of SNU deans expressed regret over students trying to get what they want by using physical force. The students are demanding to have more say in the university’s transition from a state-run institution to an independent one, such as having the right to select a member of the board of directors.


By Kim Mi-ju, Byun Sun-goo [mijukim@joongang.co.kr]


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