MWFpress — According to Yonhap news agency protestors calling themselves “Collective Action for ‘No Trump,'” gathered in the central Gwanghwamun Square to stage a rally denouncing the US president’s visit to South Korea.
The demonstrators accused Trump of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula with his provocative rhetoric, forcing South Korea into buying armaments and attempting to renegotiate the free trade deal between the two countries.
Local police reinforced security measures, set up barriers and deployed additional officers in the central area of the capital, especially near the presidential residence, the Blue House. Several religious clerics reportedly made pilgrimages in a protest against the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems in South Korea, but were stopped by the police when they headed to the presidential residence.
Earlier Tuesday, Trump landed at the Osan Air Base in the South Korean city of Pyeongtaek and headed to the US Army Camp Humphreys garrison, where he was welcomed by the troops. After the visit to South Korea, the US president will travel to China and Vietnam, where he will join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and will finish his journey in the Philippines on November 12-14.
Trump’s visit to South Korea takes place amid an escalation on the Korean peninsula, following several ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests conducted by Pyongyang. The escalation was followed by harsh rhetorics that came from both — Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.-iuvmpress