A Buddhist monk dies after setting himself on fire during a weekend rally against South Korea’s impeached president, Park Geun-hye.
His severe burns caused multiple organ failures and a Seoul hospital pronounced him dead on Monday, Jan.9th.
In his notebook recovered from the scene,the monk criticized the government’s 2015 agreement to settle a long-standing dispute on ‘comfort women’ with Japan.
South Korea’s comfort women were captured and forced to provide sexual services to the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War Two.
Japan apologized and pledged to fund a Seoul-based foundation that supports surviving comfort women.
Meanwhile, South Korea agreed to put the matter behind them and find a solution concerning a bronze statue representing comfort women in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.
But many Koreans are not so ready to forgive.
Students have been holding sit-in protests around the statue to keep the government from removing it.