Eto pa:U.S. soldiers accused of raping two South Korean teenage girls as general apologises for causing 'pain' amid protests
Two U.S. soldiers have been accused of raping teenage girls in South Korea in separate incidents, prompting U.S. military officials to apologise Saturday as they tried to ease growing public anger.
Army Brigadier General David Conboy, who supervises the U.S. garrison in Seoul, issued a statement apologising for 'pain' caused by the alleged assaults.
In the first incident, a U.S. soldier is accused of attacking a girl in her rented room in the country's capital on September 17.
The solider - a private in his early 20s - is being questioned by police but has not been arrested.
Another U.S. private has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl on September 24 in a city north of Seoul.
The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, Kurt Campbell, also apologised on Friday for what he called a 'tragic and inexcusable rape that took place about a week ago.'
It was not clear which of the two incidents he was referring to.
The alleged assaults have prompted small protests near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, while the internet has been swamped with Koreans expressing their anger.
On Saturday, a minor labour party official called for the movement of American soldiers outside their bases to be retricted.
The U.S. has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.
Gen. James Thurman, America's top commander in South Korea, said Friday that he has introduced a curfew following 'the incidents over the last several months.'
He did not clarify his comments, but said the curfew would last 30 days.
U.S. officials are wary of an anti-American sentiment that could be rekindled in countries where their troops are stationed.
In 2002, the acquittals of two American soldiers whose armoured vehicle ran over and killed two South Korean schoolgirls during training prompted nationwide protests against the U.S. military presence in the country.
In 1995, the rape of a 12-year-old Japanese girl by U.S. service members in Okinawa sparked one of the biggest anti-U.S. protests in Japan.
About 50,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Japan in a post-World War II security pact.Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2046998/U-S-soldiers-raped-South-Korean-teenage-girls.html
Nabasa ko sa Yahoo before about this, ang pagkakatanda ko convicted na yang mga yan for 8 years if my memory serves me right, can't seem to find the article anymore.