02 May 2017

News Story: Anti-THAAD protests continue in South Korea amid controversy over costs

SEOUL, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Protests against the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system continued Monday in South Korea amid rising controversy over which side would pay for the billion-U.S.-dollar costs for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

About 150 residents and peace activists blocked the entrance of police buses to a golf course in the southeastern part of the country, where part of the THAAD elements were already installed.

From about 7:30 a.m. local time, a higher-than-usual number of police buses tried to enter the golf course. About 30 buses were carrying some 1,200 policemen, according to photos and documents released by the residents and the activists who have stood sentry right beside the entrance road to the THAAD site.

They blocked the police buses because they saw the reinforcement as a sign that South Korean police could seek again to allow the U.S. forces to move necessary equipment for the THAAD deployment to the golf course.

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