(From Reuters)

A 80-year old South Korean set himself on fire Wednesday during a protest calling for Japan to apologize for forcing Korean girls and women to work in military brothels during World War Two, days ahead of the anniversary of the end of hostilities.

Choi Hyun-yeol was in critical condition after he set himself on fire near Japanese Embassy

The self-immolation occurred during a regular weekly demonstration outside the Japanese embassy ahead of the Aug. 15 anniversary marking 70 years since the end of Japan’s colonial occupation of the Korean peninsula.

With the anniversary looming, Wednesday’s protest was larger than usual, with about 2,000 demonstrators, including three of the 47 known surviving Korean “comfort women”, as they were euphemistically called by Japan, organizers said. Read More

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