At 8 am on March 29, construction vehicles attempted to drive through the village of Soseong-ri to enter the deployment site for the THAAD missile system. The vehicles were reportedly carrying equipment used for geological surveys, possibly for the purpose of conducting an environmental impact assessment of the site.

At approximately 8:30am, village residents and Won Buddhist ministers blocked the vehicles from going any farther by holding a sit-in protest in the middle of the road. Close to 9:00am, hundreds of police officers surrounded the village residents and ordered them to disperse. The residents, however, stood their ground, and tensions with the police lasted for one hour.

Construction vehicles carrying geological survey equipment; Photo source -- Newsmin

At noon, the construction vehicles attempted yet again to pass through the village, but the residents quickly resumed their sit-in protest to block them. By about 1:30pm, all police and construction vehicles, unable to gain entry, retreated from the village. At 2:00pm, the village residents held their weekly Wednesday protest rally at the Soseong-ri village center.

 

The Residents and “Peacekeepers” Put their Bodies on the Line to Block Construction Vehicles for THAAD Deployment

(Video by Soseong-ri Coordinating Center –소성리종합상황실)

Video Translation:

00:04 – 00:05 — 8:00am in front of the Soseong-ri Village Assembly Hall

00:09 – 00:11 — A surprise attempt at driving construction vehicles through the village

00:15 – 00:20 — The residents and volunteer “peacekeepers” block this attempt

00:22 – 00:26 — The police orders dispersal

00:35 – 00:40 — The residents fiercely protest

00:45 – 00:52 — “What we’re doing here is a justified form of action to block the government’s illegal actions. Isn’t that right?”

00:55 – 00:57 — After approximately an hour of tense confrontation…

01:00 – 01:04 — The construction vehicles and the police withdrew

01:05 – 01:10 — The situation was settled for the time being

 

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