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University Students and Citizens Fighting for "Half-Price" Tuition March En Masse to Namdaemun
Lee Shin-young, Choi Min-cheol  |  wwjd05@hanayng.ac.kr, iosis@hanyang.ac.kr
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△ Thousand of students gathered at Cheonggye Square, calling for the government to lower tuition fees.
   
△ The police restricted college students access to the Gwanghwamun at Gwanghwamun Station.
   
△ A student in the candlelit rally at Cheonggye Plaza.
   
△ Students fighting for "half-price" tuition at Cheonggye Plaza.
   
△ The police blockaded the area around Cheonggye Plaza resulting discomfort for pedestrians walking through.
   
△ Students and civic groups took to the streets to protest high price tuition.
   
△ Demonstrators marched through the streets holding banners.
   
△ Hanyang students staged a demonstration at Namdaemun-ro.
   
△ The policewomen completely control the road.
   
△ College students and citizens dispersed on their own at 1 A.M.

University students and citizens fighting for "half-price" tuition marched en masse to Namdaemun on the 10th after a candle-lit sit-down at Cheonggye Plaza. At around 11 PM in Friday, students and citizens took up half the streets marching from the Cheonggye Plaza towards Myungdong. Confronted by police there, the mass of demonstrators flooded the streets until midnight before volutnarily disbanding. Friday was the 13th day of demonstrations demanding "half-price tuition".

A smaller group of students launched a surprise demonstration in front of the Blue House before being arrested by police. Along with citizens, Democratic Party Chairman Sohn Hak-kyu and other opposition party officials lent their support Friday. The police, in an attempt to block the demonstrators from spilling onto the streets, blockaded the area around Cheonggye Plaza with police buses resulting in major discomfort for pedestrians walking through. While students railed "Realize half-price tuitions!", pedestrians screamed "Let us go home!".

Nearly 150 Hanyang University(HYU) students mainly comprised of College of Social Sciences and the College of Humanities also participated in the march to Namdaemun and left at around 1 AM Saturday. The 39th General Student Association and HYU(Terminator), however, posted a notice on the HYU free board emphasizing their opposition against the demonstrations because of their so-called "illegality" and stated their intentions not to participate in future rallies as well. The Korea University Students Coalition will hold large-scale candle-lit vigils every Friday "regardless of finals".

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