Freedom of assembly is supposed to be a basic right in South Korea. But police and soldiers often violently disperse peaceful demonstrations. Amnesty International says authorities refuse more than 80 percent of all applications for demonstrations.
As Hong Kong celebrates the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, it can boast of its freedom of assembly and an independent press. But many residents are dissatisfied with a lack of democratic freedom.
30 years ago, South Koreans took to the streets demanding free elections. Now, the nation's president has been ousted by a democratic popular movement. It's an epic event in the country's history, says Fabian Kretschmer.
North Korea's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and missiles has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict on the Korean Peninsula. South Korea has also been acquiring German weapons for its self-defense.
South Korean President Moon has ordered his defense minister to carry out a new investigation into the bloodiest incident in the nation's transition from military dictatorship to democratic rule. Julian Ryall reports.
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