South Koreans to protest against ‘war maniac’ Trump

Thousands of South Koreans are expected to turn out for demonstrations during President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit. Many say the US leader is bringing the Korean Peninsula to a state of crisis. Julian Ryall reports.

A coalition of around 220 left-wing organizations has announced plans to demonstrate in Seoul during President Donald Trump’s upcoming state visit to South Korea, with the groups fiercely critical of the US leader for ramping up tensions with North Korea.

The groups have promised to mobilize thousands of protesters during Trump’s visit, scheduled for November 7 and 8, the second leg of the president’s 11-day trip through Asia. The demonstrators say they will begin to show their opposition to Trump’s visit and his policies even before he arrives in South Korea, with the first rally due to start on Saturday, November 4, outside the US Embassy in central Seoul.