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Thursday afternoon and evening (late Wednesday night Western Hemisphere time) thousands of demonstrators will gather in front of Seoul Station and then try to march several miles to the National Museum where the G20 leaders will be attending a reception and dinner. This march will likely end in a serious confrontation between several thousand demonstrators and another several thousand well-armed police force, backed by trucks with water cannons.
The tense climate in the streets is being compounded by the local police state which has enacted laws specifically to suppress the freedom to dissent during the G20 summit in Seoul. The security chief has been given a green-light to mobilize the military against protestors if needed. The security chief can also designate some areas as a security zone and ban any activity or gatherings that they think are dangerous to the G20 summit. Furthermore, no information of the security zone is easily accessible to people, that means, the police can do anything everywhere. Gatherings and demonstrations where the government has a clear expectation of violence, threats, property destruction, or arson may be banned from being held. All outdoor gatherings must be reported forty-eight hours before they take place. During any outdoor gatherings, the boundaries of the assembly can be designated and enforced by the police. The police may take action to stop any noise if the organizers or participants of an assembly cause serious harm to non-participants.
As other international activists have already witnessed first-hand at G20 summits across the western hemisphere, the police, politicians, and CEO's will do everything in their power to systematically silence opposition to its destructive policies. From creating draconian laws to utilizing the latest in totalitarian technologies such as the LRAD, it always becomes clear during these summits just how despotic the collusion of international states, multinational corporations, and central banks can be. As for the citizens of the world, we see just how much control over our own lives we truly don't have.
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