Saturday, December 17, 2005
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So this is what it's like to be in a lockdown
Despite the fact that the WTO negotiations are, at best, making marginal progress, the Korean Peasants Association appears bound and determined to wreak havoc in Wan Chai (the neighborhood where the Ministerial is being held).
The result is that Hong Kong's Secretary for Security made an announcement for the public to leave Wan Chai. Which is great, except for those of us staying in hotels in Wan Chai.
The result is that I've spent this evening looking at policemen sheathed in protest gear -- gas masks, body-length Plexiglass shielding, truncheons, etc. -- while drinking and dining at the hotel buffet along with a healthy number of WTO delegates. It's more than a bit surreal.
The truly bizarre thing is that, having ventured out earlier in the evening, I'm quite certain that the number of curious onlookers outnumbers the actual protestors, the press contingent outnumbers the protestors, and the police most definitely outnumber the protestors. The Korean protestors are certainly causing inconveniences beyond their numbers, but this is a much smaller contingent of activists than were present at either Seattle in 1999 or Cancun in 2003. And any press report suggesting otherwise is full of it.
Do check out Simon's World for a link-rich post on the Ministerial.posted by Dan on 12.17.05 at 11:00 AM
policement, shiekding, and link-rick?
"I've spent this evening...drinking...at the hotel buffet..."
Ah, that explains it. Have another one Dan!posted by: Ext on 12.17.05 at 11:00 AM [permalink]
Whoops! All typos are fixed now.posted by: Dan on 12.17.05 at 11:00 AM [permalink]
"but this is a much smaller contingent of activists than were present at either Seattle in 1999 or Cancun in 2003. "
But we "know" trade=bad and therefor protesters=good, thus any reporter or editor who emphasizes the activists is also good.
Information, hell, the coverage is about emotion.posted by: lancer on 12.17.05 at 11:00 AM [permalink]
I officially claim "Korean Peasants Association" for my band name. Everybody else back off.posted by: Don Mynack on 12.17.05 at 11:00 AM [permalink]
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