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South Korean Farm Group Plans WTO Protest

posted on December 2, 2005

South Korean farm groups, known for clashing with riot police, this week pledged to stage peaceful demonstrations during the World Trade Organization summit in Hong Kong beginning Dec. 13.

Kwok Gil-seong, representative of up to 2,000 members of the Korean Peasants League, said the group is dissatisfied with police measures to contain protesters during the WTO meeting. He said the group will seek alternative protest routes so it has better access to the summit venue.

On Tuesday, Kwok and 12 other Korean farmers raised banners reading WTO kill farmers and We fight for survival. According to Kwok, three Korean farmers killed themselves last month in South Korea in protest of plans to open access to the Korean rice market. In 2003, a Korean farmer committed suicide at the WTO meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

Along with protests, Kwoks group plans to hold a candlelight vigil for the fallen farmers.

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