Korea protests against U.S. forces also oppose Iraq war

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sat Dec 21 18:09:10 MST 2002


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Reuters (with additional material by AP). 21 December 2002. S. Koreans
to form human chain around U.S. embassy.

SEOUL -- South Korean protesters plan to form a human chain around the
U.S. Embassy in the capital Seoul on Saturday as part of anti-U.S.
demonstrations mourning two schoolgirls killed by U.S. soldiers in a
road accident.

Tens of thousands of South Koreans have joined in anti-U.S. protests
since the girls were killed by a U.S. military vehicle in June.

Saturday's demonstration, coinciding with candle-lit protests in the
southern cities of Pusan and Kwangju, will be the first since this
week's election of president-elect Roh Moo-hyun who has called for
changes to South Korea's pact with the United States.

[Prevalent in all AP and Reuters' photos were anti-Iraq-war posters and
banners]

The Status of Forces Agreement governs the status of the 37,000 U.S.
troops in South Korea, a focal point of the protests that followed the
June accident.

"Punish murderers!" shouted the around 2,500 mostly young protesters in
Seoul as they marched toward the U.S. Embassy.

Their plan to surround the embassy was foiled by thousands of police,
who stopped the marchers a block away.

About a dozen Roman Catholic nuns, their faces lit by candles, tried in
vain to pass through the police lines.

"You have no right to block people walking on the sidewalk," a nun
shouted at a police officer.

Protests were also held in 27 other cities, including South Korea's
second largest city, Busan, said the national news agency Yonhap.

Activists said they planned more protests in the coming weeks.

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