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South Koreans sleep in Seoul's street to protect 'comfort woman' statue at Japanese Embassy (VIDEO)

South Koreans sleep in Seoul's street to protect 'comfort woman' statue at Japanese Embassy (VIDEO)In recent days Tokyo has called back its ambassador to South Korea over another similar statue newly erected near the Japanese consulate in the southern port city of Busan, and a Buddhist monk has died after setting himself ablaze in protest of a 2015 agreement between the neighbors that was meant to settle, supposedly for good, the sex slave dispute.

The settlement included a cash payment for the dwindling number of victims, who are often described using Japan's favored euphemism, "comfort women," but there was no clear language about the statue.

Tokyo believes a clear understanding to remove the statue exists. Seoul says its powers are limited on dealing with a private monument.

The volunteers in the tent don't trust their government and are determined to protect the statue, even in temperatures that can dip well below freezing.


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