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Several S. Koreans detained over disturbance at Japan consulate

  • July 22, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 06:00 a.m.
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SEOUL – A group of six South Koreans were detained Monday over a disturbance at the Japanese consulate in the southern city of Busan in which they allegedly threw a sign critical of the Japanese government, police said.

 

The six are alleged to have made an unauthorized entry into the Consulate General by running onto a garden from its library on Monday afternoon and thrown from the premises a sign that criticized the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

 

A civic group was holding a press conference outside the consulate at the time to announce its anti-Japan campaign.

 

A seventh person was detained later for allegedly blocking the road to keep the police from transporting the detained Koreans, according to the police.

 

Public sentiment against Japan has grown stronger since Japan began toughening rules for exporting high-tech materials to South Korea earlier this month, with calls mounting among Korean business owners and internet users for boycotting Japanese products.

 

Ties between South Korea and Japan have sunk to their lowest level in decades since Japan’s export control measures, while the two countries feud over a dispute stemming from top court rulings in South Korea ordering some Japanese firms to compensate Korean plaintiffs over wartime forced labor.

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