South Korea: farmers hold sit-in to protest FTA

Farmers staged sit-in protests at five regional offices of lawmakers of South Korea’s ruling Grand National Party on Nov. 9, demanding no ratification of the new US-Korea Free Trade Agreement. “The protests are to denounce the GNP, which is moving to ratify the FTA that will surely devastate the local agricultural industry,” said a leader of the Korea Farmers League’s branch for North Gyeongsang province, which organized the protests. “We will mount a campaign against those lawmakers who vote in favor of the deal.” (Korea Herald, Nov. 9) Days earlier, police in Seoul fired water cannons to disperse more than 2,000 protesters who tried to break into the National Assembly as lawmakers debated FTA ratification. (AP, Nov. 3)

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