Anti-WTO demonstrators clash with police in HK
Updated: 2005-12-17 21:14
Anti-WTO demonstrations in Hong Kong escalated with protesters clashing
violently with police Saturday afternoon, the fifth day of the ongoing Sixth
Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
South Korean protesters wearing goggles and
life vests break through riot police line during a confrontation as
anti-globalization protesters march to the Hong Kong Convention and
Exhibition Centre, venue for the sixth World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong December 17, 2005. Hundreds of
protesters battled through police lines on Saturday to reach a building
where world trade ministers are meeting. Police fired several volleys of
tear gas in the area near the building, Reuters correspondents said.
The demonstrators, mainly South
Korean farmers, stepped up their protesting activities by ramming through the
police cordon lines and tried to enter the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition
Center, venue of the conference.
Police reinforced riot police forces at the center and used tear gas and
water cannons to prevent the demonstrators from entering the conference