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Monk self immolates in WW2 Japan sex slavery protest

Sun Online Desk     8th January, 2017 04:13:57 printer

Monk self immolates in WW2 Japan sex slavery protest

A Buddhist monk is critically ill after setting himself on fire in protest at South Korea's deal with Japan over its sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War Two.

 

The 64-year-old man suffered third-degree burns and remains unconscious in hospital, officials say. He set himself alight during a protest on Saturday calling for the removal of President Park Geun-hye.

The march in Seoul marks the 11th week of rallies against Ms Park.

 

The monk, who is being treated at Seoul National University Hospital, left a note urging the authorities to arrest Ms Park for committing "treason" over a reparation deal agreed with Japan in 2015, police said.

 

South Korea has long called for reparations for the nation's "comfort women", who were forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels.

 

An agreement was reached between the two nations in 2015 that Japan's reparations - compensation and an apology - would "finally and irreversibly" resolve the issue. But critics have said the deal does not go far enough in holding Japan responsible for wartime abuses.


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