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Twenty thousand people chanting "Down with the dictatorship" marched through Kwangju Wednesday to demand the overthrow of President Roh Tae-woo for the brutal suppression of a 1980 uprising.

Students and workers paraded in front of the provincial government headquarters for a seventh day to denounce the government on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the Kwangju uprising, which left nearly 200 people dead.The protesters shouted slogans saying police killed a radical student earlier this month. Many office workers joined in the protest.

"Punish Roh Tae-woo," hundreds of protesters chanted as they marched with red, blue and yellow flags and placards with anti-government slogans.