About 100,000 people gathered at Inchon, 18 miles (30 kilometres) from Seoul in South Korea on Saturday (16 February), to protest the shelling of two local fishing boats.
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Background: About 100,000 people gathered at Inchon, 18 miles (30 kilometres) from Seoul in South Korea on Saturday (16 February), to protest the shelling of two local fishing boats.
About 25 crewmen were believed to have been on the two vessels on Friday (15 February), when one was sunk and the other captured by North Korean gunboats. The incident happened a few miles off the North Korean coast.
The demonstrators, who included the family and friends of some of the lost fishermen, demanded the return of the men captured during the incident.
After listening to speeches denouncing North Korean "brutality", the Inchon protestors marched through the streets of the port, waving anticommunist posters and placards, and shouting anti-North Korean slogans.
Representatives of the fishermen gave an impromptu press conference. They sent messages of protest to the United Nations and to the North Korean Premier, Kim Il-sung.
The incident is reported to have brought relations between the two countries to a new low. It was the first such incident since the two Koreas pledged detente in July 1972