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香港: 反WTO 투쟁 #7

THE FINAL (?) BATTLE

 

First of all: it seems that the protest against WTO in HK since last night, at least for the majority of the S. Koreans, is over. Nearly all were arrested...

 

One major thing is very impressive and important: especially the activities of the S. Korean protestors got a lot of sympathy of the HK citizens. Many of them agreed with the demonstrators opinion that WTO is nothing in their interest, it's just in the interest of the capitalist class...

 

 

Global trade riots rock Hong Kong

Police fight running battles with protesters and break up demos with tear gas as WTO negotiations reach climax

The Observer

Hong Kong was hit by its most violent street clashes in more than 30 years last night as riot police fought running battles with protesters on the penultimate day of World Trade Organisation talks.

While negotiators inside the conference hall struggled to agree to a watered-down compromise on the future of global commerce, demonstrators outside ratcheted up their attempt to derail a deal that they believe sells poor countries short.

The result was the fiercest fighting this normally sedate commercial city has seen since the 1960s.

...

Despite the conservative and peace-loving reputation of Hong Kong, many local people who saw the clashes sympathised with the demonstrators.

Dozens joined the protests, some wearing surgical face masks for the first time since the Sars crisis, but this time to conceal their identity and protect themselves against tear gas...

 

Read more here: 

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1669943,00.html

 

CNN reported this:

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/BUSINESS/12/18/wto.protests/index.html

And here is the TV version:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/player/player.html?url=/video/world/2005/12/17/chinoy.hk.protests.south.koreans.cnn

 

 

Here you can read the report by Minjung-ui Sori (Voice of the People, in Korean). There are also five video docus. The last one is about the mass arrests. What I don’t understand: At home the S. Korean protestors are fighting against the government, but in HK they are shouting "Dae~han Mingug (Republic of Korea)!" PERHAPS "JUST" A FORM OF NATIONALISM??!!

http://www.voiceofpeople.org/new/2005121734325.html

 

The video ducumentaries:

 

On docu #2 you can see Chinese activists, joining the protest..

On docu #3 you can see, beside all the battle, the positive reactions of HK citizens..

 

 

 

Here you find the special Anti-WTO section by Chamsesang (in Korean):

http://www.newscham.net/apec/index.php?section=apec_rpt

Here you can read the latest news by intl. independent media

http://www.targetwto.revolt.org/

 

 

Here you can read the Urgent appeal by Hong Kong People's Alliance on the WTO:

http://daga.dhs.org/hkpa/index.html


 

Another thing, I don’t understand: following picture the German magazine Der Spiegel published today in connection with last night’s riots in HK. It’s just a mistake? Or S. Korean riot cops really were on the spot?

 

 

 

 

Last but least: A final draft of a World Trade Organization agreement has proposed Sunday that all nations end agricultural export subsidies by 2013 in a breakthrough that paves the way for an agreement from the six-day talks, AP reports. That’s all what they achieved... "Finally everything what was achieved is in the interest of the rich countries...", ActionAid said.


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