October 15, 2015 10:35
Women forced into sexual slavery in World War II and their supporters held their 1,200th weekly protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Wednesday.
The first demonstration against Japan, which refuses to admit the atrocity, was held on Jan. 8, 1992.
The protests have been taking place every Wednesday, rain or shine, except once in consideration of the Kobe earthquake in 1995. More than 200 victims participated in early protests, but many of them have died over the past 23 years and now only 47 are left.
Wednesday's protest brought together some 600 people but only two of the victims, Lee Yong-soo (87) and Kim Bok-dong (89). Participants held pickets with the photos of about 30 victims who have already died or were too sick to attend.
"Japan, a war criminal country, is again trying to prepare for a war instead of reflecting on its past crimes," Kim said. "There must be no more victims of the war like us. Please join efforts to solve the issue of the sex slavery victims and pursue peace."
Lee, who presided over the protest, said, "I'm so angry that we're still protesting on the street. I want to hear Japan make a genuine apology as soon as possible."
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