Friday, 15 November, 2019


University students break into US ambassador's residence in Seoul

Chun Jin-hwan  AP South Korea US Ambassador Chun Jin-hwan AP South Korea US Ambassador
Bennie Garza | 20 October, 2019, 23:20

Police said they would ask for arrest warrants for some of the student activists who invaded the US ambassador's house in Seoul on Saturday to protest Washington's demand for much more money for its troops stationed on Korean soil.

Seoul police ramp up security after protesters break into USA ambassador's residence South Korean police have increased security at the United States ambassador's residence in Seoul after a group of students demonstrating against American troops in the country were able to infiltrate the diplomatic compound.

One image showed a group standing on the verandah of a hanok - a traditional Korean house - holding up banners reading "Harris leave this land", among others. After reviewing the results of a preliminary probe, prosecutors formally requested the court to permit the arrests of seven of them. The beefed-up safety comes a day after a gaggle of protesters used ladders to achieve entry to the walled-off grounds round Ambassador Harry Harris' residence.

The group mentioned they had been motivated by Washington's insistence that Seoul ought to pay to maintain U.S. troops on its soil.

A prosecution official said, "It's hard to reveal details related to the investigation", including the reason why investigators did not seek arrest warrants against the two trying to break into the compound.

"We are seriously concerned about the illegal breach of the Ambassador's residential compound and urge the ROK to protect all diplomatic missions and residences", Coleman said, using the acronym for South Korea's official name, Republic of Korea. 19 arrested. Cats are OK.

A detained college student shouts a slogan in front of the USA ambassador's residence in Seoul, South Korea, on October 18, 2019.

The group responsible for the incident has been known for anti-American activities in the past, notably a public protest at Gwanghwamun Square in April in which students demanded Washington respect Korea's military sovereignty by withdrawing its forces from the peninsula. 2nd incident in 13 months in Heart of Seoul.

In a press release Friday, a U.S. State Department spokesperson stressed that allies and partners share the responsibility for America's military presence.

Under the current SMA, reached after months of wrangling, Seoul agreed to pay 1.04 trillion won, 8.2 percent more than what it spent a year ago. A new round of talks is expected to be held next week in Hawaii. "And they pay - they were paying about $500 million for $5 billion worth of protection".

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