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[Korea News Photo] Shave Tuition Costs
Students from across the country protest school fees by shaving their heads
Todd Thacker (todd)     Print Article 
Published 2009-04-12 12:22 (KST)   
Hongik University student Han Arum cries as her head is shaved in a protest over tuition fees. One hundred students from across Korea gathered near the Presidential Palace in Seoul, April 10.
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On the morning of April 10, dozens of students from around Korea descended on the Presidential Palace (Cheong Wa Dae) in central Seoul to demand the government reduce university tuition fees by half and address unemployment problems facing graduates.

Twenty students, including student leaders from Busan National University, Joong-ang University, Hongik University, among others, had their heads shaved in a traditional action of protest.

Police were on hand to break up the demonstration, which was organized by the Korea University Students' Union.

Scuffles ensued and 49 students were detained -- 46 males students and three female students.

President of the Korean University Students' Union Lee Wongi (Busan National University,) and other student protesters have their heads shaved in Seoul, April 10.
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©2009 OhmyNews Kwon W.S.

Three female students and 46 male students were arrested by police after scuffles broke out at the protest.
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Law student Kim Yuri of Jeonnam University student is grabbed by police during the April 10 protest in Seoul.
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