S. Korean police foil activists' plan for worker statue

Police officers guarding a statue symbolising South Korea's forced labourers, on a pavement near the Japanese consulate in Busan city yesterday.

Civic groups are trying to move the statue to the front of the consulate.

The statue represents labourers who were forcibly mobilised by Japan during its 1910-45 colonial domination over the Korean Peninsula. The activists want to set the statue up in front of the Japanese Consulate, but the government says it should be placed elsewhere, and the city's administrative Dong Ward office plans to remove it soon.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2018, with the headline 'S. Korean police foil activists' plan for worker statue'. Print Edition | Subscribe