Thousands of Koreans protest against Japan by candlelight

Walter Fall, Aug. 5, 2019, 9:23 a.m.


Thousands of Koreans took to the streets in Seoul on Saturday evening carrying candles to protest against Japan.

More than 15,000 people gathered in front of the Japanese Embassy before marching down the streets, with speakers denouncing Japan's removal of Korea from a "whitelist" of preferential trade partners as a form of "economic invasion."

They plan to rally every Saturday as well as on Aug. 15, which marks Liberation Day when Korea regained its sovereignty in 1945 after decades of Japanese colonial rule.
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