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Seoul Police Tighten Security After Protest at US Envoy’s Residence


7Dnews London

Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:51 GMT

Security at the US ambassador's residence in Seoul has been beefed up after a group of anti-American students used ladders to break into the compound, south Korean police said Saturday October 19th.

The students were protesting over demands by the Trump administration that South Korea should pay more to help cover the costs of keeping US troops in the country.

No statement was made by the officials from three Seoul police stations whether they will seek to formally arrest any of the 19 university students who were detained Friday afternoon October 18th, at the residence of Ambassador Harry Harris.

The number of officers guarding the residence was more than tripled to 110, the Seoul Metropolitan Police agency said Saturday October 19th.

The students had to steal ladders to climb over the compound's wall, according to demonstrators who posted parts of their protests on Facebook. They chanted anti-US slogans and held up signs that read "The United States has called for a five-fold increase in defense costs!" and "Harris, leave this land!" before police officers dragged them out, according to USA News. 

Harris was at Seoul's presidential Blue House attending a reception for foreign ambassadors, hosted by President Moon Jae-in at the time of the protest.