Above: Activists dressed as colonial-era Japanese soldiers prepare to re-enact a protest in 1919 when hundreds were killed fighting for independence from Japan on 1st March.

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Thousands take to streets of South Korean capital for public holiday to celebrate 95 years of independence from neighbour Japan

 

Thousands swarmed the streets of Seoul dressed as Japanese colonialists and revolutionary South Korean fighters to celebrate their country's liberation 95 years ago today.

Clutching flags, with festive silver face paint, activists reenacted battles to cheers from the crowds.

The public holiday marks the day in 1919 when the country gained independence from their Asian neighbour.

Hundreds were killed during revolutionary protests.

Locally called Gwangbokjeol, which translates as 'Restoration of Light Day', the event also saw hundreds of children perform and sing.

President Park Geun-Hye took the opportunity to warn Japan it would face 'isolation' if it pushed ahead with a move to revisit an apology over wartime sex slavery.

Above: Clad in silver face paint and embellished uniforms, the hundreds of actors perform this scene every year as a reminder of the struggle their ancestors went through.

Above: Clad in silver face paint and embellished uniforms, the hundreds of actors perform this scene every year as a reminder of the struggle their ancestors went through.

Above: Flooding the streets for the independence day - known locally as 'the Resoration of Light Day' - crowds cheered the actors' performance

Above: President Park Geun-Hye took the opportunity to urge Japan to stop denying its past and apologise for the 'atrocities' in 1919

Above: Children crowded the streets with flags and traditional outfits singing songs about their freedom

Above: A rally was also held to denounce North Korea's rocket missiles launch, which people attended with flags

Above: The eclectic show of performances comes as tensions between the two countries increase

Above: Further re-enactments took place across the city, with people wearing gold outfits and gold face paint charging as if in battle

Above: Many of the performers said they had joined the parade because they are angry at Japan for denying the history between the two countries

 

 

...Thousands swarmed the streets of Seoul dressed as Japanese colonialists and revolutionary South Korean fighters to celebrate their country's liberation 95 years ago today.

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