Mass protests hit central Seoul on Saturday, with South Korean activists rallying against Japan’s plan to release purportedly “treated” radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. According to local media reports, despite repeated objections by Japan’s neighbours, who are alarmed over potential environmental implications, Tokyo is expected to move forward with the plan as soon as the end of August.
Hundreds of activists gathered in the South Korean capital to condemn Tokyo’s plan, with some even protesting nuclear energy usage. Protesters carried signs such as “Nuclear Power? No Thanks!” and “Keep It Inland” or “Protect the Pacific Ocean.”
“If it is discarded, radioactive substances contained in the contaminated water will eventually destroy the marine ecosystem,” Choi Kyoungsook, an activist with Korea Radiation Watch, said.