SouthKorean filmmakers across the nation put a stop to production for the day, andstaged a large-scale protest rally against the government's recent announcement- bending to
Theprotestors, led by filmmakers such as director Jung Ji-young(White Badge) and national star Ahn Sung-ki (Silmido), called for a defense ofthe screen quota which they accredit for the growth and strength of the localindustry. Accusing the government of breaking its promise to maintain thequota, they demanded an immediate stop to the US-Korea free trade agreementnegotiations that "are selling out
Therally was marked by a 500-strong police force sent to protect the protestors, whichincluded more than 100 actors and actresses amongst them, ChoiMin-shik of OldBoy and Jeon Do-yeon ofYou Are My Sunshine.
Onlookerswere kept behind police lines during the rally in front of the major Gwanghwamun intersection, and applauded as the protestors marchedthrough downtown
Today'srally follows a ramp-up of overnight vigils held by filmmakers, and a series ofone-man protests by stars in downtown
Major newspapers in theChinese-language territories and