Digital Desk, Seoul. The South Korean Air Force on Tuesday launched a surprise operation to install an anti-missile radar on a mountain in the city of Busan. This has prompted residents to protest, concerned about the potential health hazards from radar’s electromagnetic waves.
Police clashed with a group of demonstrators early Tuesday at Mount Jung in the city, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul, where the Air Force began installing Green Pine land-based radar around 6 a.m., Yonhap News Agency reported.
Four people were arrested after repeated orders to disperse. A representative of the protest group said, “We condemn the Ministry of Defense for going ahead with the radar installation process which residents have objected to.” The Air Force has insisted that the electromagnetic waves emitted by radar used to detect ballistic missiles were harmful and that the equipment was necessary to respond to missile threats.