A Buddhist monk is critically unwell after setting himself on hearth in protest at South Korea’s take care of Japan over its sexual enslavement of Korean girls throughout World Struggle Two.
The 64-year-old man suffered third-degree burns and stays unconscious in hospital, officers say.
He set himself alight throughout a protest on Saturday calling for the removing of President Park Geun-hye.
The march in Seoul marks the 11th week of rallies in opposition to Ms Park.
The monk, who’s being handled at Seoul Nationwide College Hospital, left a word urging the authorities to arrest Ms Park for committing “treason” over a reparation deal agreed with Japan in 2015, police mentioned.
South Korea has lengthy known as for reparations for the nation’s “consolation girls”, who had been pressured to work in Japanese wartime navy brothels.
An settlement was reached between the two nations in 2015 that Japan’s reparations – compensation and an apology – would “lastly and irreversibly” resolve the difficulty.
However critics have mentioned the deal doesn’t go far sufficient in holding Japan chargeable for wartime abuses.
Tensions between the 2 nations elevated on Friday after Tokyo withdrew its ambassador to South Korea in a row over a statue representing sex slaves.
Japan mentioned the 1.5m-tall (5ft) bronze statue depicting a younger, barefoot lady sitting in a chair, was a violation of the 2015 settlement.
On Sunday Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demanded the removing of the statue from outdoors its consulate within the South Korean metropolis of Busan.
“The South Korean facet ought to present its sincerity,” he mentioned on Japanese TV. He mentioned the 2015 settlement ought to be applied no matter management change as a “matter of credibility”.
On the time of the deal, 46 former “consolation girls” had been nonetheless alive in South Korea.
The presidential scandal
In December, Ms Park was pressured to step again from her duties after weeks of protests led to her impeachment. However demonstrators are calling for her full removing from workplace.
The scandal-hit president is accused of permitting an in depth pal to revenue from her parliamentary connections.
The accusations centre on her relationship with a long-time pal, Choi Quickly-sil, who faces costs of coercion and abuse of energy.
It’s alleged that after Ms Park turned president in 2013, Ms Choi, 60, used their friendship to stress firms into donating to foundations she managed, after which siphoned off funds for her personal achieve.
Prosecutors are additionally investigating allegations that Ms Choi despatched doubtful belongings price lots of of thousands and thousands of abroad.