By Yoo Seungki
SEONGJU, South Korea, July 13 (Xinhua) -- South Korean residents, who have fought against the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, consoled each other on Wednesday night as their protest rally marked the first anniversary.
Hundreds of people, mostly those living in Seongju county, North Gyeongsang province, gathered at an open field right beside the county office building to celebrate the first anniversary of their anti-THAAD demonstration.
Five days after Seoul and Washington announced the joint decision on July 8 last year to deploy one THAAD battery in South Korea, the Seongju county in the country's southeastern region was designated as a site for the U.S. missile shield installation.
Since then, Seongju residents have never missed one day of the anti-THAAD rally. Business as usual, people gathered at the place, but this time around, the atmosphere was different as Wednesday marked the first anniversary of their fight against the U.S. weapons system.
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