Students released from custody after attempting to enter Japanese Embassy

Police on Saturday released 16 university students who were arrested for attempting to enter the Japanese Embassy in central Seoul in protest of Japan's discharge of radioactive water into the ocean.

On Thursday, the students attempted to enter the Japanese Embassy, while chanting slogans against the discharge of the radioactive water.

The police detained them at four police stations on charges of trespassing and violating the Assembly and Demonstration Act.

Police said they will decide whether to transfer them to prosecutors for further investigation.

Japan began releasing the first batch of treated radioactive water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean earlier this week, despite concerns from neighboring countries and fishing groups in the region.

Source: Yonhap News Agency