July 29 - South Korean demonstrators trample and burn Japanese flags over a continued territorial dispute between the two countries. Travis Brecher reports.
Demonstrators set fire to Japanese flags in the South Korean capital. These angry protesters are gathered outside Japan's embassy in Seoul, in opposition to a planned Japanese visit to an island near a territory disputed by both countries. Two protest leaders try to hurl salt towards Japan's embassy - which traditionally signifies bad luck in South Korean culture. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) PROTEST LEADER BONG TAE-HONG, SAYING: "They plan to come to South Korea with their dirty ambition of taking over our territory. So we are here to denounce, destroy and punish the wicked ambition." Four Japanese politicians are set to visit the island on Monday. The waters surrounding the disputed territory are rich in marine life and are particularly popular with squid fishermen. And the seabed is believed to hold deposits of natural gas hydrate worth billions of dollars. Seoul's Yonhap news agency quoted a South Korean government official saying South Korea will enforce an entry ban on the politicians if they insist on visiting the island. Travis Brecher, Reuters