Students storm the home of the US ambassador in Seoul[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/10/19 11:08 • 97 times read[/rtl]
Police in South Korea arrested 19 students on Friday after many students climbed walls and entered the courtyard of the US ambassador in Seoul to protest against the presence of US troops in the country, according to Reuters.
The group describes itself as a coalition of progressive university students, and posted photos on its Facebook account in which many of its members climbed a wall around the home of Ambassador Harry Harris using stairs.
In a separate video clip apparently broadcast from inside the compound, the students accused the United States of demanding a 500 per cent increase in the cost of keeping some 28,500 troops in South Korea and holding up a banner reading "Leave this land Harris."
"Stop interfering in our internal affairs," the students shouted, "Leave," and "We don't want US troops," before police pull them out of the ambassador's residence.
Nearly 20 Koreans illegally entered the official residence of the US ambassador and tried to enter the same house by force, US embassy spokesman William Coleman said in a statement on Saturday.
This is the second time the Ambassador compound has entered the Ambassador illegally in 14 months.
"We are deeply concerned by the illegal incursion into the Ambassador's compound and urge the Republic of Korea to protect all diplomatic missions and residences," Coleman said.
South Korea's foreign ministry said it had asked for increased security around the US embassy and the ambassador's home.
"No harm or attack on such a diplomatic mission can be justified under any circumstances and the government will take all appropriate measures to protect the missions and prevent any action affecting them."
A police official told Reuters that 19 students were taken to a police station for questioning. is over