Thousands of Koreans Protest Against Bush

November 21, 2005

On November 18th, over 100,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Pusan, South Korea, to denounce U.S. imperialism and president Bush, who was attending the two-day Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperaton (APEC) meeting in the city.

Union workers, farmers, and anti-war activists carried banners reading "Bush, get out of Korea," and "U.S. Army out" as they rallied against Bush's visit, and the policies of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Farmers were protesting against a bill being considered to increase foreign access to the country's rice market. Protestors chanted "No to Bush, No to APEC. No to the WTO," as they marched through Pusan.

More than 30,000 riot police were mobilized against the demonstrators, and huge shipping containers were used to block the march. Throughout the day, riot-police used water canon to hold back the protesters attempt to overrun the blockade of steel barriers.