Peaceful Protests
November 11th, 2010
06:11 AM ET

Peaceful Protests

It was without a doubt the most peaceful and well-behaved protest I have been to in years… and that is not a sentence I expected to utter at the G20. 

5000 protestors on the street… 40,000 police around the city – the police were taking no chances with the world’s eyes on Seoul.  Even the heavens opening and drenching those protesting the G20 meeting didn’t dampen the mood – they cheered with every clap of thunder. 

Their main slogan was “Put People First”.   Chants of “people not money” and calls for leaders to come up with real solutions to the economic crisis rather than expecting the man on the street to shoulder the burden.  And to round off events – a funeral pyre was burnt in the middle of the street… symbolic of what these anti-globalization protestors believe big corporations do to the workers.

Topics: G-20 • South Korea • The Buzz • The Visuals

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  1. Robert

    There is a big difference between protesters in East Asia and in the Western World. East Asians are pragmatic people. Protests are almost always on message and seldom violent. Their goal is to express their viewpoint peacefully. The most that happens in nationalist protests are flags being burned. In the Western World, protests almost always lose their legitimacy because they are invariably hijacked by anarchist elements whose goal is to cause chaos by smashing up shops, burning vehicles, and the rest of society is turned off by the political extremism of the sizable part of the protesters.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  2. Mabz

    Perhaps the peacefulness could be due to the fact that the ration between protesters and police were 1:8.

    November 12, 2010 at 1:39 am |