S.Korea steps up security after Abe killing, U.S. ambassador due at LGBTQ parade

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07/13/2022

SEOUL, July 12 (Reuters) – South Korea is beefing up security for high-profile figures in light of the assassination of Japan’s former premier Shinzo Abe, officials said on Tuesday, including for an LGBTQ pride parade that the new U.S. ambassador is expected to attend this weekend. Small groups of protesters demonstrated outside the U.S. embassy last weekend when Philip Goldberg, newly appointed as U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, arrived in the country, accusing the United States of “homosexual cultural imperialism”. Seoul’s Presidential Security Service said it will strengthen security measures for President Yoon Suk-yeol, and the National Police Agency has ordered regional branches to step up monitoring to guard key figures. “We are reviewing our security system for the president following the Abe shooting and will take necessary measures to strengthen our security posture,” an official at the presidential agency told Reuters.

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