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Increasing anti-American demonstrations
Following the acquittal of two US soldiers involved in the accidental deaths of two schoolgirls last June, nationwide anti-American demonstrations have increased. Police estimate that 15,000 South Koreans took part in these demonstrations. At over 30 sites across the nation, South Koreans have been gathering in protest. In memory of the two girls, the People’s Committee for the Death of Teenage Girls (PCDTG) held a candlelight vigil in front of the US Embassy to Seoul, attended by some 10,000 religious and civic group members. Strong demands came for a revision of the Status of Forces Agreement as well as a public apology by the US President Bush. The PCDTG plan to continue their efforts with a candlelit Peace March to the Seoul City Hall Plaza on December 14.