- Title: SOUTH KOREA: Koreans hold anti-Libyan government rally in Seoul
- Date: 24th February 2011
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FEBRUARY 23, 2011) (REUTERS) SILENT PRAYER FOR VICTIMS AT ANTI-LIBYAN RALLY NEAR LIBYAN EMBASSY VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING UP BANNERS PORTRAIT OF GADDAFI WITH SLOGAN, "STOP KILLING" PORTRAITS OF LIBYAN ACTIVISTS WITH SLOGANS, "VICTORY" "DEMOCRACY" (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) PROTEST LEADER SHIM HAE-RIN SAYING: "We are here to urge the Libyan government to immediately stop the massacre and take measures for democratization." POLICE ON ALERT IN FRONT OF EMBASSY LIBYAN EMBASSY SIGN VARIOUS OF SHUTTERS DOWN AT EMBASSY ENTRANCE NATIONAL FLAG OF LIBYA
- Embargoed: 11th March 2011 12:00
- Location: Korea, Republic of
- Country: South Korea
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- Story Text: South Korean activists and Arab residents stage anti-Libyan government rally near the embassy in Seoul.
South Korean activists and Seoul residents staged an anti-Libyan government rally near the embassy on Wednesday (February 23).
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's government is waging a bloody battle to hang on to power as the revolt against his 41-year rule reached the capital, prompting widespread condemnation from foreign governments including the United States and Britain.
A small group of civic group members held a protest rally near Seoul's Libyan Embassy, holding up banners and chanting slogans in English and Korean.
"We are here to urge the Libyan government to immediately stop the massacre and take measures for democratization," said protest organizer Shim Hae-rin, as rally participants shouted "stop killing".
Seoul's Yonhap News Agency quoted foreign ministry officials on Tuesday (February 22) as saying South Korea was advising about 1,400 workers staying in Libya to leave the country.
The agency also said three South Korean workers had been injured in a clash with rioters on Monday (February 21) at a construction site near Tripoli.
The rioters broke in to the construction site and left six hours later after stealing three vehicles and other items, it added.
South Korea established diplomatic ties with Libya in 1980 and 47 South Korean firms now have operations in the country.
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