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Sunday, December 18, 2005

It appears that the death of an anti-WTO protester which I pointed to yesterday may not have been what it intially appeared. Guy Taylor, from Globalise Resistance, who's blogging from Hong Kong on the protests and who was the source of original report, recounts his experiences at one of yesterday's protests:
At one point the announcement came that there'd been many arrests and 30 peopple hospitalised, one person in a critical condition with internal bleeding. Soon afterwards there was another announcement that the WTO talks had collapsed, with jubilant scenes (I remember a similar thing happening in Genoa). Later still the mood deepened with the announcement that someone, a Korean farmer had died. We observed a minutes silence, followed by a gutsy rendition of the Korean peasant song that has become the theme tune of the protests. It later emerged that the person dead might well be a suicide back in Korea (not necessarily in protest at the WTO, just as likely a desperate and sad end to a life suffering from the effects of WTO policies. Neither version of this story has been confirmed or denied and we're trying to find out exactly what has happened.
One to follow I think.

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