Protests, Counter-Protests Spread in South Korea

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Pro-government veterans launched a counter-demonstration in Seoul Friday, opposing the anti-U.S. beef and anti-President Lee Myung-Bak protests that have gripped the South Korean capital for weeks. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Pro-government veterans launched a counter-demonstration in Seoul Friday

Pro-government veterans launched a counter-demonstration in Seoul Friday, opposing the anti-U.S. beef and anti-President Lee Myung-Bak protests that have gripped the South Korean capital for weeks.

Anthony Kuhn/NPR

Today in Seoul, right-wing veterans of the Korean War staged a counter-demonstration, claiming that the tens of thousands of Koreans who have been protesting plans to import U.S. beef are being used by North Korea's communists.

Meanwhile, anti-government protesters observed the sixth anniversary today of the deaths of two South Korean girls who were run over by a U.S. military vehicle.

Adding to the government's headaches, South Korean truckers are planning to go on strike Saturday over rising fuel prices.

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