South Korea Reviews Its Dark Past, but the Pace Is Slow

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Former political prisoners are coming forward with accounts of witch hunts and torture that can sound unreal to young South Koreans today. Large-scale antigovernment demonstrations, tear gas and firebombs have long since receded from the streets. North Korea stirs more sympathy for its economic plight than it does fear.

The Korea of three decades ago was a very different place.

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