An angry mob of protestors on Friday threw eggs and water bottles at South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn, calling for the retraction of a decision to deploy a US anti-missile defense system in their home town.
South Korea announced Wednesday the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, will be installed in Seongju County about 200 kilometers (135 miles) southeast of Seoul by the end of next year.
The announcement sparked fury among the town’s residents, who say the THAAD deployment would ruin their melon farming and cause health and environmental hazards.
“We apologize for not giving you prior notice,” the prime minister said before a crowd of some 3,000 protestors who gathered at the Seongju county government office on Friday. Read More