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Wanted Protesters Flee to Temple

Posted July. 07, 2008 09:01,   


The nationwide protests against U.S. beef imports held this weekend by the People’s Association for Measures against Mad Cow Disease ended without clashes with police.

An estimated 50,000 people (the host claims 500,000) joined the “candlelight event for the people’s victory” at Seoul Plaza in front of Seoul City Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Meanwhile, six members of the association who are wanted by the police for organizing illegal rallies began yesterday a protest at Jogye Temple in Seoul. Baek Eun-jong, vice president of the “Alliance for Impeaching (President) Lee Myung-bak," refused to be arrested by police at Seoul Plaza at 5:50 a.m. on the same day and took shelter at the temple with other members.

Police said, “Baek did not respond to the police request for presence as many as four times. The arrest implementation on Sunday was decided after we negotiated with Baek in advance.”