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Hong Kong Releases Most Jailed WTO Protesters


Hong Kong police have released 944 protesters detained after sometimes violent demonstrations during last week's World Trade Organization meetings.

More than 1000 anti-free trade protesters were arrested. Most of them were South Korean farmers.

On Saturday, the demonstrators attacked riot police with bamboo poles, pipes and bottles as they tried to force their way into the conference hall where trade ministers were meeting.

Hong Kong police say they are charging 14 people with unlawful assembly. Nearly 200 of the demonstrators had been released earlier.

South Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyu-hyung arrived in Hong Kong Monday to express his government's regret over the violence.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

(Reuters, AP)

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