Korean protesters barred from Switzerland

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Three South Koreans were barred from entering Switzerland for an anti-WTO protest on Saturday due to past violence.

Geneva -- Three South Koreans were barred from entering Switzerland for an anti-WTO protest on Saturday after being accused of violent behaviour at past demonstrations, a police spokesman said.

Dosuk Han, head of the Korean League of Small Farmers, as well as Kangsil Lee and Jejoon Ju from a campaign group for farmers, were being held at the Geneva airport, protest organisers said in a statement.

"The decision to not authorise these three people to enter Switzerland has been taken at the federal level after other countries reported violent behaviour at protests," police spokesman Patrick Puhl told AFP.

The organisers demanded their immediate release.

The three South Koreans were to have participated in a protest on Saturday afternoon in Geneva ahead of the first major ministerial conference at the World Trade Organisation in four years.

Some 5,000 protesters were expected for the demonstration against the 30 November to 2 December ministerial meeting.

The gathering falls on the 10th anniversary of the ministerial meeting in Seattle, which was marked by violent street protests.

AFP / Expatica

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