Seoul has been placed under tight security for the duration of the G20, after past summits saw running battles with protesters. So far, though, in the Korean capital, it’s been mainly good natured. However, demonstrators have come from across the world to demand the G20 leaders take account of ordinary people’s needs and fears in their discussions.
“The G20 really cannot govern the global economy,” said Tony Clarke, from the protest group Our World Is Not For Sale. “There are 172 other countries that are left out of it. That’s one message. Secondly, we’re saying that bold, very bold leadership is needed now, because we are dealing with multiple crises.”
Protest organisers claim ten thousand people demonstrated in Seoul; the police say they counted less than half that number, but they still had a robust presence on the streets.
Euronews’ correspondent in Seoul, Seamus Kearney, says the area around the summit has been virtually sealed off:
“The authorities may be keeping the demonstrators well away from the venue, but that doesn’t mean they’re not protesting. Local union groups and anti-globalisation protesters say they’re determined to make their voices heard. And that’s why they chose to demonstrate in the centre of Seoul, about 15 kms from the venue.”