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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Warn Koreans

SEOUL () -- Radical South Korean students holed up in a Seoul university faced the possibility of a violent end to their six-day holdout on Monday as some began to surrender under the weight of hunger, injuries and fear of arrest.

In an apparent bid to heap pressure on the students, the country's police chief warned police could use firearms to break up violent student protests, although he did not refer specifically to the campus siege.

"Police will use all means to quell violence by those wielding weapons such as petrol bombs and steel pipes against police carrying out duties under the law. Firearms will be used if necessary," police chief Park Il-young told reporters.