In South Korea, demonstrators have continued to protest against Japan, alleging the Japanese people are responsible for the assassination attempt against President Park Chung-Hea earlier this month in which his wife was killed.
In South Korea, demonstrators have continued to protest against Japan, alleging the Japanese people are responsible for the assassination attempt against President Park Chung-Hea earlier this month in which his wife was killed. On thursday (22 August) as high school students and South Korean war veterans were protesting, the Japanese Government officially expressed regret that the attempt on President Park's life by a Morean gunman had been plotted in Japan.
About 1,000 students of Joongang High School tried to march on the Japanese Embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, but they were turned back by some 300 riot police. At a rally at the school, they called on Japan to crack down on the activities of Communist Koreans in Japan. Mun Se-Kwang, the Korean under arrest for the assassination attempt, was said by the Seoul prosecutor to have acted under orders of North Korean agents operating in Japan.
At another protest rally in the city centre plaza, riot police drew their batons and attacked a group of demonstrating Vietnam was veterans, many of them in wheel chairs, and without limbs. The attack was apparently to prevent the veterans from marching on the embassy, to voice their protests at Japan's alleged role in the attempt on President Park's life.
On Friday (23 August), the anti-Japanese demonstrating continued with more than 5,000 school pupils calling for an apology from Japan.
SYNOPSIS: The Japanese Embassy in South Korea has been the target for a number of protests since South Koreans discovered that the man charged with the attempt on President Park's life had plotted it in Japan. On Thursday these students were prevented from approaching the Embassy.
War veterans gathered at a plaza in the centre of the city. The demonstrations marked the third day of organised protest in Seoul denouncing Japan for its alleged responsibility for the assassination attempt in which the President's wife was killed. In Tokyo, the Japanese Government expressed its regret that the Korean gunman had plotted the attempt in Japan.
Riot police ended the veterans' plans to march on the Japanese Embassy. About three hundred police had been posted to guard the embassy.
The Japanese government is reported to have protested to Korean authorities over the demonstrations.