- Title: South Korean protesters hold anti-Abe rally amid trade row
- Date: 13th August 2019
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AUGUST 13, 2019) (REUTERS) SOUTH KOREAN PROTESTERS HOLDING ANTI-ABE SIGNS AT RALLY AGAINST JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGNS READING (English / Korean): "CONDEMN ABE GOVERNMENT FOR TRADE RETALIATION" WOMAN CHANTING PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGNS READING (English / Korean): "REMEMBER HISTORY / BE REALISTIC ABE" WOMAN HOLDING SIGN READING (English / Korean): "JAPAN YES / ABE OUT" (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN SECRETARY GENERAL OF KOREA FREEDOM FEDERATION, KIM PYEONG-HWAN, SAYING: "I think the exclusion of South Korea from Japan's whitelist is a trade retaliation against the ruling on compensation for forced labour cases. We condemn the Abe government for their measures, but we would like to remain friendly with Japan's mature and conscientious citizens." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WAVING FLAGS PROTESTERS CHANTING WOMAN IN SOUTH KOREAN FLAG SHAPED SUNGLASSES PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGNS READING (English / Korean): "NO ABE GOVERNMENT" PROTEST RALLY IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 27th August 2019 08:47
- Keywords: South Korea protest anti-Abe rally Seoul trade row export curbs
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AS1UWCN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of South Korean protesters held a rally on Tuesday (August 13) in central Seoul to protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the recent trade row between the two countries.
Japan announced earlier this month that it was removing South Korea from its own "white list" of countries that have enjoyed minimum trade restrictions, citing an erosion of trust.
Protesters said the Japanese government's exclusion of South Korea from its whitelist is an act of "trade retaliation", but they would like to maintain good relations with Japanese citizens.
In a tit-for-tat move, the South Korean government announced on Monday (August 12) that it also plans to drop Japan from its own fast-track trade "white list", starting this September.
The two countries are locked in bitter trade and diplomatic rows over a South Korean court ruling late last year that ordered Japanese firms to compensate forced labourers during Japan's occupation.
(Production: Dogyun Kim, Minwoo Park)
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