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Korean police blocks one-person demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy

Source  :  BASE21

△ Priest Lee Young-woo blocked by police. (Photo Copyleft by PatchA, BASE21)

PatchA, BASE21 staff reporter

February 14th, 2002 -- A single-person demonstration against U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to South Korea was forcibly held back by the police. One policeman said, “Because of Bush’s visit to South Korea, the government has issued an alert against terrorism, especially near the U.S. embassy. So we have to prevent all demonstrations here.” As a result, all demonstrations, including the one-person demonstration which had been taking place without conflict since February 5th, were barred. For one hour, demonstrators protested, but no violence occured.

Jang Do-jung, an activist from a reunification movement organization, remarked, “We have been demonstrating in front of the U.S. embassy for a long time now. It is nonsense that because of Bush’s visit, we cannot have demonstrations. We can have one-person demonstrations anywhere, anytime. It is supported by the law. This is our basic right of free speech. Blocking this right is an insult to human rights. We strongly condemn the government for this new policy and we will sue them over these illegal activities.”

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