An estimated 600 former soldiers and police officers turned out on the streets of Seoul in this latest rally to demand revenge against the North for last week’s artillery attack.
The North Korean shelling of a small island that killed four people has prompted outrage among South Koreans, many of whom see their own government’s response as weak.
[Jung Jung-Ho, Secretary General, Korea Disabled Veterans Organization]:
“We tried hard to help them and keep them as our brothers, but they provoked us with such an attack so we can no longer forgive them.”
Police put out the effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his son Kim Jong-un set alight by the protesters.
Quelling the flames of anger won’t be so easy.
Some South Koreans, along with the country’s president, are calling the attack a crime against humanity.
[Do Hee-yeon, Representative, Anti-Human Crime Investigation Committee]:
“North Korea attacked Yeonpyeong Island, killing civilians and wounding many. This is a war crime and we urge the U.N. Security Council to file this case to the International Criminal Court.”
South Korea was similarly criticized over its response to the fatal sinking of a warship in March for which Seoul also holds the North responsible.
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