INSIDE JoongAng Daily

The Korean's reputation for anti-globalization protests proceed them:

INSIDE JoongAng Daily: "request by Japanese police for a list of liberal Korean civic groups and their leaders who might protest at an international forum in Tokyo next year has been denied, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said yesterday. An official of the agency who declined to be named said a Japanese police delegation visited Seoul at the beginning of this month and asked for intelligence on the liberal civic groups. However, citing the sensitivity of the issue, Seoul decided to withhold the information ― at least for now ― on the grounds that it might be seen as getting involved in internal affairs. Tokyo is scheduled to hold the annual G-8 summit meeting next year. The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are expected to participate. The official said the Japanese police cited violent protests made by South Koreans at a 2005 general meeting of the World Trade Organization in Hong Kong. Eleven South Korean protesters were apprehended by authorities there. Tokyo also said South Korean civic groups have gone to Washington in the past to protest a free trade agreement with the United States. “If we become certain that specific liberal South Korean groups are going to go to Japan, we said we would consider their request then,” the official said.


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