Virtual protest, real cause

A screen displaying "ghost protesters" during a rally by Amnesty International in support of freedom of assembly and expression in South Korea. The human rights group pushed ahead with the "Ghost Protest" after police threatened a crackdown on the vi
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A screen displaying "ghost protesters" during a rally by Amnesty International in support of freedom of assembly and expression in South Korea. The human rights group pushed ahead with the "Ghost Protest" after police threatened a crackdown on the virtual rally consisting of holograms of about 120 people chanting slogans and waving banners on a giant screen set up in central Seoul on Sunday. The group said that the virtual march - the second in the world after a similar event in Spain last April - would protest against what it called the growing erosion of freedom of assembly and expression in the Asian country.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'Virtual protest, real cause'. Print Edition | Subscribe