June 17, 2021 12:30
A statue commemorating Korean victims of wartime sexual slavery will not be able to find its place in a public park in Aurora, Colorado.
The Aurora City Council last week voted down the proposal to set the statue up in the Aurora Municipal Center. The city is the third most populous in the state and has a substantial Korean community.
Korean activists there urged the council to set up the statue, not least for educational purposes. Mayor Mike Coffman said, there is "no question that an extraordinary atrocity occurred during [World War II]," but he added that the placement in the municipal area has not been justified.
The Colorado Times, a local Korean newspaper, claimed that the Japanese government pressured the city government and council members on the issue, insisting that the matter is between Korea and Japan.
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