18 March 2017

News Story: S.Korean city anxious about THAAD deployment plan

GIMCHON, South Korea, March 17 (Xinhua) -- As the U.S. missile defense system Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is scheduled to be deployed soon in South Korea, residents near the site started waves of protests against the plan.

The system is scheduled to be deployed at Seongju County, North Gyeongsang Province by the end of this year.

Anti-THAAD banners can be seen on the streets of Gimchon, a neighboring city with a population of 140,000, located 7 km north of the deployment site.

"NO THAAD, NO WAR," "We want peace back," some of the banners read.

"Let's sell THAAD out of South Korea, and GET RICH!" one said with bitter humor.

Over 200 protests have been held in the small city recently. Almost every night, about 100 people, including the elderly, women and students, gathered in the city's train station square in the chilling wind to protest against THAAD deployment.

Read the full story at Xinhua