World Asia 15 Jul 2016 South Korean PM pelt ...

South Korean PM pelted with eggs, bottles over missile site

AP
Published Jul 15, 2016, 1:59 pm IST
Updated Jul 15, 2016, 1:59 pm IST
Seongju residents launched protests, saying they fear possible health hazards from the missile system.
South Korea Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn didn't appear to be directly hit by any objects as security guards used umbrellas and bags to protect him. But his suit jacket was tainted by eggs. (Photo: AP)
 South Korea Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn didn't appear to be directly hit by any objects as security guards used umbrellas and bags to protect him. But his suit jacket was tainted by eggs. (Photo: AP)

Seoul: Angry residents in a rural South Korean town have thrown raw eggs and water bottles at the prime minister to protest a plan to deploy a US missile defense system in their neighbourhood.

South Korea on Wednesday announced that the advanced missile system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence or THAAD will be placed in the southeastern town of Seongju to better cope with North Korean threats. Seongju residents launched protests, saying they fear possible health hazards from the missile system.

 

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn travelled to Seongju on Friday to explain the decision but his speech was immediately disrupted by jeers. Hwang didn't appear to be directly hit by any objects as security guards used umbrellas and bags to protect him. But his suit jacket was tainted by eggs.

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