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Seongju residents hold rally in Seoul to oppose THAAD deployment

All News 14:00 July 21, 2016

SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap) -- Residents of the southern town of Seongju staged a rally in downtown Seoul, Thursday, to protest against the government's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system in their county.

Around 2,000 residents gathered in the capital city to express their concerns about the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

The protesters also wore distinct blue ribbons amid concerns that anti-government activists who are not residents of Seongju would join the related rallies to instigate illegal violent protests.

The organizers said any participant not wearing a blue ribbon will be banned from entering the area where the protest will be held.

Conservative groups supporting the THAAD deployment also plans to hold a rally nearby, with organizers vowing to hold their rally in a peaceful manner.

colin@yna.co.kr
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