Riot police wielding truncheons and shields beat back thousands of protesters who gathered on Saturday to protest the death of a radical student.

About 4,000 police clashed with protesters who tried to march to the provincial government headquarters."Down with murder and torture," protesters chanted. Some troops were beaten to the ground by protesters armed with bamboo sticks. The crowd burned helmets and shields seized from police.

Police did not stop the estimated 10,000 people from holding a rally in a square in front of the government building, even though fighting broke out several times.

Dissident leaders called for the overthrow of President Roh Tae-woo's government as the protesters cheered and clapped, shouting "Down with Roh Tae-woo" and "End the military dictatorship."