Southern Korean police detain 19 students at US envoy's residence

Southern Korean police detain 19 students at US envoy's residence
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  • calendar-gray 18 October 2019

Nineteen South Korean student demonstrators were detained on Friday after a group illegally entering the grounds of the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Seoul, police said, APA reports citing Reuters.

The group, which identifies itself as a coalition of progressive university students, posted photos on its Facebook account in which several members climbed over the wall of the house of Ambassador Harry Harris using ladders.

In a separate video, apparently broadcast live from inside the compound, they accused the United States of demanding a 500% hike in the costs for the upkeep of some 28,500 troops in South Korea, holding a banner saying “Leave this soil Harris.”

The two countries are currently in talks over how to share the expense of the U.S. military presence.

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