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One-year on, Seongjue people continue fight against THAAD

July 13, 2017 marked the one-year anniversary of Seoul and Washington’s announcement to deploy the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in Seongju county, North Gyeongsang province of South Korea; it was also the 366th day of protest by Seongju residents against the deployment.

But their protests have been entirely peaceful, with residents lighting candles and hanging banners which read “no THAAD, but peace.”

On July 12, hundreds of residents in Seongju gathered at an open space beside the county office to celebrate their one-year fight against the THAAD system, with a series of classic and popular music performances.

A police car is parked in front of the Soseong-ri village hall in Seongju county on July 12. The village is the nearest one to the THAAD deployment site in Skyhill golf course which used to be owned by Lotte Group. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Police patrol outside the village hall which is about 2 kilometers to the THAAD deployment site. Military materials have to be transported to the deployment site by helicopters as local people do not allow military vehicles to pass the village hall which is the only road to the deployment site. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Many Korean media vehicles are parked outside Soseong-ri village hall on July 12. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Many Korean media vehicles are parked outside Soseong-ri village hall on July 12. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

A resident delivers speech against THAAD on the stage Soseng-ri village. There are rallies in the village every Wednesday and Saturday. As July 12 was the anniversary of Seongju people’s fight against THAAD, the day’s rally was larger than usual. Residents delivered speeches, and staged music performances. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Around 100 residents watch the rally against THAAD in Soseng-ri village on July 12. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Plastic tents and anti-THAAD slogans made by local residents are set beside the Soseng-ri village hall. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Police are standing beside the Soseng-ri village hall on July 12. The temperature in Seongju reached around 37 C on July 12. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Police are standing beside the Soseng-ri village hall on July 12. The temperature in Seongju reached around 37 C on July 12. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

 A villager is performing guitar on stage on July 12 in Soseng-ri village. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Staff at the village hall is providing fruits to the audience on July 12 in Soseng-ri village. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

The road which is beside Soseng-ri village hall to the Skyhill golf course has been blocked. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Around 500 residents in Seongju county celebrated the one-year anniversary of the fight against THAAD on July 12. They lighted candles and raised banners to show their anger toward the deployment of THAAD system. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

A man is performing saxophone on July 12 on stage in Soseng-ri village, which is decorated with a huge banner which reads “we will not give up on peace.” Park Chul-soo, who is chief of the moderator center of the anti-THAAD rally, said that the candle rally was a non-violent way of fighting against the deployment of THAAD and the blue color represents peace. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com

Local residents watch the rally on July 12 in Soseng-ri village. They lighted candles in paper cups to show their anger toward the deployment of THAAD. Photo: Chunmei/Sino-US.com


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