S. Korean activists hold 1,400th weekly rally against Japan’s wartime sex slavery

People gather to participate in the weekly protest against Japan's wartime sex slavery in front of the former compound of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Aug. 14, 2019. (Yonhap). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SEOUL, Aug 14, 2019, Yonhap. The weekly protest rally demanding Japan’s apology to victims of its wartime sex slavery marked its 1,400th edition Wednesday amid an escalating diplomatic and trade row between Seoul and Tokyo, reported the Yonhap.

Nearly 20,000 activists, students and other citizens assembled to participate in the 27-year-old protest in front of the former compound of the Japanese Embassy in central Seoul at noon.

Politicians, including Rep. Sim Sang-jung, head of the progressive Justice Party, and Rep. Nam In-soon for the ruling Democratic Party also attended the historic event.

“Thank you for coming in this sizzling heat. We will fight until we triumph,” said Gil Won-ok, a surviving victim of the Japanese sex slavery, during the rally held on the eve of Liberation Day, which commemorates the end of the 1910-1945 Japanese colonial era.

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