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Newsline: South Korean protesters surround US embassy in Seoul

Thousands of South Korean protesters against the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in their homeland took to the streets in central Seoul to demand the reversal of the installation decision. About 3,000 demonstrators gathered outside the Seoul metropolitan government building as of 4 p.m. local time (0700 GMT), according to an organizer composed of advocacy groups and residents living in the THAAD site. The attendees clamored for the cancellation of the decision to install the U.S. missile interception system that is not needed anywhere in the Korean Peninsula. It was called a “human chain” event as a line of people stood around the embassy of the United States. A blue wave was slopping around the streets as people held blue placards and pamphlets that read “Repeal THAAD” and “Hate THAAD” as well as the most famous “THAAD out, Peace in.” Seoul and Washington agreed in July last year to place one THAAD battery in Seongju county, North Gyeongsang province. The site was changed in September into a golf course at Soseong-ri village to the northernmost of the county. Two THAAD mobile launchers were deployed to the golf course, just two weeks before the presidential by-election on May 9. Four more launchers were transported to a U.S. military base near Seongju, but it was not reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The anti-THAAD protest rally was staged ahead of President Moon’s first summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington for two days from June 29.



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