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Koreans demonstrate to show support, disapproval of Trump

Associated Press, Nov 7, 2017

Protest in South Korea ahead of Donald Trump’s visit on Nov 7, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of South Koreans took to the streets of Seoul on Tuesday for two separate demonstrations, one to show support for visiting President Donald Trump and the other to voice disapproval of the U.S. leader amid concerns over North Korea’s nuclear threats.

Surrounded by thousands of police officers and a tight perimeter created by buses, hundreds of anti-Trump protesters rallied at a boulevard near the U.S. Embassy, holding banners that read “No Trump” and “No War.”

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in hold news conference in Seoul on Nov 7, 2017 (Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

The demonstrators accused the outspoken president of raising tensions with North Korea and pressuring Seoul to buy more U.S. weapons. They also criticized him for pressing Seoul to re-do a bilateral free trade deal between the countries so that it’s more favorable to the United States.

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