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“Ghosts” protest for freedom of assembly in Seoul

Human rights group Amnesty International South Korea held a hologram rally on Wednesday (February 24) to demand freedom of assembly.

A video projection showing protesters marching and chanting slogans such as “Guarantee peaceful rally,” “Stop using water cannons” and “Public space must be open to the public” was set up at Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, where many rallies had been staged.

The holographic images also showed members of a civic group chanting and holding up banners reading “February 24th Amnesty’s Ghost Rally / (Right to Freedom of) Assembly is Human Right.”

Amnesty said that about 120 people participated in making the video, which carried 180 messages.

Amnesty International released its annual report ‘State of the World’s Human Rights’ on Wednesday and said the South Korean authorities continued to restrict the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

The Director of Amnesty International Korea, Kim Hee-jin, said the “ghosts” in the hologram are raising their voices in support of peaceful assembly and demonstration.

The hologram rally was staged to send a protest message to the government, a day before the third inauguration anniversary of South Korean president Park Geun-hye, the group added.

In 2015, South Korean Police was criticized for deploying police buses to block the roads and using water cannons to disperse the crowd and spraying liquid laced with an irritant found in chilli pepper to fight off protesters swinging metal pipes and sharpened bamboo sticks.

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