Korean Buddhist monk’s self-immolation in pro-‘comfort women’ protest


This video says about itself:

23 February 2016

South Korea and Japan signed a landmark deal in December 2015 to resolve the issue of the so-called “comfort women“, a euphemism for sex slaves used by the Japanese military. Student activists in South Korea have taken turns camping out on the streets of Seoul to protect the “comfort woman statue” in memory of the women. The students say they are afraid the statue will be removed as part of a deal to end a decades-long row over the so-called “comfort women”.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

South Korea: Monk sets himself on fire at rally for Park’s sacking

Monday 9th January 2017

SOUTH KOREA’S latest mass rally demanding President Park Geun Hye’s permanent removal from office was shocked at the weekend by the self-immolation of a Buddhist monk, who remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The monk, who suffered third-degree burns and serious damage to vital organs, made his dramatic protest against the government’s settlement with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves.

Police said that the man described Ms Park in his notebook as a “traitor” over the settlement. Under the agreement, Japan pledged to fund a Seoul-based foundation to help support the victims.

South Korea undertook not to criticise Japan over the issue and to address Japanese disquiet over a bronze statue representing sex slaves in front of its Seoul embassy.

Students have been holding sit-in protests next to the statue for over a year, suspecting that the government might try to remove it.

Tokyo recalled its ambassador on Friday after a similar statue appeared near its consulate in Busan.

Suicides in South Korea: here.

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