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Hallyu stars urge release of S. Korean farmers from Hong Kong jail

2006/01/06 Source

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Hallyu stars urge release of S. Korean farmers from Hong Kong jail

Actors Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Young-ae and Lee Byung-hun have submitted a petition urging the release of South Korean farmers who will be tried at a Hong Kong court on Jan. 11 for staging violent rallies during the latest WTO ministerial meeting.

The Coalition for Cultural Diversity in Moving Images (CDMI) said Jan. 6 that the three actors handed over their petition to the head of the Korean Struggle Mission, which will later deliver the document to the Hong Kong government and police. The mission, comprising Democratic Labor Party Rep. Kwon Young-kil and Tan Byung-ho, left for Hong Kong Jan. 8.

In the petition, the actors expressed regret over violent clashes that occurred "unintentionally" between protesting farmers and local police when the farmers attempted to convey their anti-globalization messages to the WTO ministerial meeting. The petition also strongly urged the Hong Kong government and police to let the Korean farmers return to their families as soon as possible, citing their desperate struggle for survival.

The petition signed by the three most influential hallyu stars in Hong Kong carries a special meaning. The CDMI said the actors hope that their petition will be of help to the arrested farmers.

Currently, 11 Korean farmers are awaiting a trial in Hong Kong. The content of the petition will be disclosed to the public by the local media.

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