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South Koreans shave their heads in anti-THAAD protest

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 01:03

Over 900 South Korean residents shave their heads to protest a government decision to base a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile defence unit in their town. Natasha Howitt reports.

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The South Korean government is deploying a U.S. missile defence system to counter North Korea to this farming town. The residents are not happy -- and hundreds are shaving their heads in protest. Tensions have been high in the region since the North conducted its fourth nuclear test in January. That was followed by a satellite launch, and a string of missile tests. "This is the most powerful way of protesting," protest leader Kim An-soo says, because "we cannot fight the government." The system is known as THAAD, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defence. It is sophisticated, and residents worry it will make their town - Seongju - a target. The government however is adamant it will make South Korea safer. But its neighbours North Korea and China see it as a threat. The defence ministry expects the system to be operational by the end of next year.

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South Koreans shave their heads in anti-THAAD protest

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 01:03