Saturday, June 7, 2008

South Korea: Outcry Over Beef Imports

Street protests continued over government plans to resume beef imports from the United States. The police estimated that 65,000 people rallied in central Seoul on Friday night, after about 25,000 people staged a candlelight demonstration the previous evening. American beef was banned by South Korea for most of the past four and a half years over fears of mad cow disease. The government had said it would begin allowing imports this week, but then delayed the resumption. Organizers said protests would continue all weekend.

Living in Flushing amidst a Korean plurality, perhaps even a majority of denizes of my immediate neighborhood, I just don't get it: Koreans eat a lot of beef, and it's US beef, so seeing protest in Korea against US beef is confusing.

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