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Small groups of demonstrators greet APEC leaders

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 4:22 p.m. HST, Nov 12, 2011

Small groups of protesters greeted delegates visiting Waikiki for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. 

About ten people in bikinis and swim trunks waded into the ocean in front of hotels where President Barack Obama and other leaders have gathered to discuss trade and other issues.

They stood in the water and held up large banners saying “APEC Is Poverty” and “APEC No Aloha.”

Finance ministers, heads of state, and CEOs from around the region are attending APEC. This weekend, Obama is hosting Chinese President Hu Jintao and other counterparts in meetings. 

Several dozen members of the spiritual movement Falun Gong held signs outside a hotel where Hu was speaking, to protest their treatment by Chinese authorities. 

One banner said “Stop Persecution of Falun Gong in China.” 


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