SUBJECT: RTw 10/28 0907 POLICE CLASH WITH S. KOREAN DOOMSDAY CROWDS (Eds. Updates with dis

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SUBJECT: RTw 10/28 0907 POLICE CLASH WITH S. KOREAN DOOMSDAY CROWDS (Eds. Updates with disturbances) By Andrew Steele SEOUL, Oct 28, Reuter - Police clashed with rowdy crowds outside a Seoul church on Wednesday as worshippers inside sang and prayed to prepare for the end of the world which they believe will strike at midnight. Riot police sealed off the Dami Missionary church, barring latecoming worshippers entry to the five-storey brick building where inside, white-robed followers of the doomsday sect prepared to meet their fate. "Please sir, let us in," cried a tearful woman, clutching her two toddler children, appealing to a guard inside the church, which was blocked off with a metal grille. Hundreds of police tried to contain a rowdy crowd of onlookers and relatives aggrieved by the loss of their loved ones to the end-of-the-world sect. The Dami church, along with more than 150 others, believe Armageddon will strike at midnight (1500 GMT), with only the chosen few rising to heaven in a "rapture." Police have been deployed in force all over South Korea to protect the followers from themselves, fearing mass suicide and self-immolation if the prophecy does not come true.

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