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Small groups of demonstrators greet APEC leaders

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    A group of protesters prepare their signs before heading out into the ocean to hold an anti-APEC protest at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 as the summit is held in Oahu over the weekend. (AP Photo/ Marco Garcia)
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    Falun Gong protesters line the streets of Waikiki, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Honolulu. The APEC Summit is being held in Oahu this weekend. (AP Photo/ Marco Garcia)
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    Anti-APEC demonstrators protest in Waikiki in Honolulu on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 as the summit is held in Oahu over the weekend. (AP Photo/ Marco Garcia)
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    A woman and a baby swim as demonstrators stand in the water holding anti-APEC signs at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 as the summit is held in Oahu over the weekend. (AP Photo/ Marco Garcia)
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    Chilean delegates walk past an anti-APEC demonstrators in Waikiki in Honolulu on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 as the summit is held in Oahu over the weekend. (AP Photo/ Marco Garcia)
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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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