A 2-meter-high steel fence is erected in front of the Coex, the main venue for the G20 Seoul Summit, on Yeongdong-daero in southern Seoul, Monday. The 2-kilometer-long fence surrounding the complex was set up Wednesday night to protect participants from possible terrorist attacks and protests. / Korea Times photo by Choi Heung-soo
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1. Photo & caption courtesy: Benjamin Hiller, Nov. 10, 2010
G20 Seoul: Security measures tighten at the Summit Venue COEX
'Security measures drastically tighten at the Summit Venue COEX. Massive police forces, to SWAT teams as well as a long fence in an in-ground concrete surround the venue. Seoul, Korea. 10/11/2010.'
The new build fence around the COEX Summit Venue as well as a huge poster
for the upcoming G20 summit. Seoul, Korea. 10/11/2010.
On the night from November 9 to November 10, construction workers also installed a two meter high fence in concrete around the whole COEX venue. Officials say that they fear terrorists attacks as well as militant protest against the G20 summit.
Also there are worries about the G20 Summit being disrupted via North Korean actions. The spokesman of the Unions as well as the other Anti-G20 protesters, warned the police they will hold massive demonstrations than that will spark violent reactions. From tomorrow on there will be also a special two kilometer zone around the COEX venue where no demonstrations are allowed and special restrictions will be enforced through police forces.'
2. Photo & caption courtesy: Jeffrey Bright, Nov. 10, 2010
Police stop FTA protests in Seoul
'Police stopped protests and dispersed a small group of individuals this morning from central Seoul. The demonstration by Labour Union JEI against the G20 was quickly broken up by police and people were moved on. Seoul, South Korea. 10/11/2010'
(* The woman's picket reads in rough translation)
Stop the JEI!
Stop the thugs, Stop the violent oppression on the woman workers!
Acknowledge the Labor Unions! Enter the Talks!
(New Progressive Party))
(* The man's picket reads in rough translation)
NO ROK-US FTA!
We denounce the secret renegotiation on the FTA!)
3. Hankyoreh, Nov. 10, 2010 [News Briefing] Arrests for demonstrations at G-20 venue begin
A 24-year-old Canadian woman, a member of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and a 34-year-old Korean of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) picketing at the intersection in front of the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX), the venue of the Nov. 11-12 G-20 Summit in Seoul on Tuesday.
The two female activists dressed minimally in their underwear, were immediately arrested and taken to the Gangnam Police Station after waging the first protest near COEX. The activists held signs reading, “Save the Planet, Go Vegetarian.” The ban on assemblies and demonstrations around Coex, the venue of the G-20 Summit, went into effect on Monday.