The decision ignored vigorous local and international concerns over social divisiveness and factual inaccuracies of the project expressed in public comments.
After being caught off guard and flip-flopping on the statue's status, German officials appear to be considering new ways to calm the international controversy.
The End Comfort Women Fraud group says the statue and textual inscription of the “Statue of Peace” run counter to the historical evidence and mislead viewers.
About 60 activists gathered, hurling tirades of condemnation and some violence at the lawful demonstration by a South Korean civic group.
The group seeks to correct erroneous historical narratives about the comfort women and advance peace and prosperity in East Asia by repairing bilateral ties.