Protesters stage candlelight rally against G20 Summit

08:44, November 11, 2010      

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Activists converged in downtown Seoul on Wednesday to participate in a candlelight rally against the Group of 20 Summit slated for Nov. 11-12.

South Korean labor union activists and foreign protesters chanted slogans and songs at Bosingak Pavilion in central Seoul. Many held placards and cut-outs of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barak Obama.

They also protested over the state of workers' rights in South Korea.

A special law on G20 security has been introduced to prohibit all rallies and demonstrations within a 2-km security zone of the summit venue, COEX in southern Seoul.

Some 50,000 police officers, including about 20,000 riot police, have been mobilized to protect the visiting world leaders during the summit period. Police and the armed forces have been placed on the highest "Level 3" alert and the terror alert has been raised to "severe" -- the highest of four levels -- for the first time since a counter terrorism committee was set up after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

Source: Xinhua


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