- Title: S.Koreans protest Japan's Abe on Liberation Day, demand wartime apology
- Date: 15th August 2019
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AUGUST 15, 2019) (REUTERS) SOUTH KOREAN PROTESTERS RAISING UP ANTI-JAPAN' SIGNS READING (English / Korean): "NO ABE (JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE)" AND CHANTING (Korean): "REFLECT" PROTESTERS RAISING UP "NO ABE" SIGNS AND CHANTING (Korean): "APOLOGISE FOR INVASION AND DOMINATION" PROTESTERS RAISING UP "NO ABE" SIGNS AND CHANTING (Korean): "LET'S WRITE A NEW HISTORY BY PEOPLE" MALE PROTESTER WAVING "NO ABE" SIGN AS HE HOLDS SOUTH KOREAN FLAG PROTESTERS RAISING UP ANTI-JAPAN SIGNS AND CHANTING (Korean): "APOLOGISE FOR INVASION AND DOMINATION" AND "CONDEMN ECONOMIC PLUNDER" FORMER SOUTH KOREAN FORCED LABOURER, YANG GEUM-DEOK (RIGHT), ON STAGE WHILE HOLDING SIGN READING (Korean): "APOLOGISE FOR FORCED LABOUR" AND "FULFIL RULING ON COMPENSATION", FEMALE PROTESTER ON STAGE WHILE HOLDING SIGN READING (English / Korean): "NO ABE! / NO MITSUBISHI" (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) FORMER SOUTH KOREAN FORCED LABOURER WORKER, 90-YEAR-OLD YANG GEUM-DEOK, SAYING: "Since I'm too old now, I don't know what will happen tomorrow. So, I want you all to condemn Abe to get an apology (from Japanese government) as soon as possible so that I can finally live free and happy. Thank you." PROTESTERS WAVING ANTI-JAPAN SIGNS
- Embargoed: 29th August 2019 13:58
- Keywords: South Korea independence Liberation Day rally vigil Japan forced labour Mitsubishi
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ASBUDS7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: South Koreans held a vigil against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday (August 15) in downtown Seoul calling for an apology and compensation from Japan for its "wartime crimes".
The rally came as the country was commemorating the 74th anniversary of Korea's independence from Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.
The vigil organiser said about a hundred thousand people were gathered to denounce Abe for his government's decision to impose curbs on exports of some high-tech materials to South Korea, a move they call retaliation over a feud about wartime forced labour.
One of the victims of forced labour, now 90-year-old, took part in the rally and said she wanted an apology "so that I can finally live free and happy." Yang Geum-deuk is seeking compensation from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.
People at the vigil chanted "Let's fight!" and "Compensate!" while holding up signs saying, "Condemn Abe's regime" or "Apologise, compensate for forced conscription."
The dispute, triggered after a South Korean court ordered Japanese firms last year to compensate some of their former labourers, has brought ties between the two nations to their lowest ebb in more than half a century.
The neighbours share a bitter history dating to the Japanese colonisation of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, including the forced use of labour by Japanese companies and the use of comfort women, a euphemism for girls and women, many of them Korean, forced to work in its wartime brothels.
(Production: Daewoung Kim, Heejung Jung)
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