Radical students engaged in running street battles with riot police Thursday to protest what they called a "half Olympics," and an opposition leader predicted the Olympic Games would bring political stability to South Korea.

The most violent protest was in Kwangju, where 600 students at Chonam University tossed rocks and firebombs at riot police at an anti-Olympic rally, the South Korean news agency Yonhap said.Opposition leader Kim Young-sam said he believed the Olympics would unite the South Korean people, that Koreans wanted the Olympics to be a major success and that he was confident no attempt would be made to disrupt the Games.