Police hammer home message for a larger no-go zone during December summit Police yesterday showed legislators footage of violent protests by anti-globalisation demonstrators to highlight the need for a large no-go zone in Wan Chai during December's WTO ministerial meeting. On a giant screen in the Legco chamber, lawmakers and government officials watched protesters in Mexico, the US and Britain clash with riot police, who later showed weapons and gas masks seized from demonstrators. During the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation, police will cordon off Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and surrounding areas, diverting bus and ferry routes from 6pm on December 12 to early on December 18. The government has advised schools in Wan Chai to make December 13 a teacher-training day so pupils will not have to travel through the area. The WTO summit is expected to attract up to 10,000 protesters, as well as 6,000 delegates, 3,000 media representatives and 2,000 representatives of non-governmental organisations. Protest organisers have complained a proposed security zone - including three neighbouring hotels, the Tamar site where vehicles will be parked, and Wan Chai ferry pier - is too large and that demonstrators will not be able to see the convention centre. However, Peter Yam Tat-wing, police director of operations, said the restricted zone was small compared to a 7km security area cordoned off by police in Cancun, Mexico in 2003, and this month's G8 meeting in Scotland, which had a 10km restricted zone. Legislator Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said the closest the city had come in the past to violent demonstrations had been the burning of effigies. 'These overseas demonstrators are all very radical,' he said, demanding to know where protests would be staged in Hong Kong. The head of the Sixth Ministerial Conference Co-ordination Office, Janet Wong Wing-chen, said Victoria Park was an option, but added that other parties may want to use the site at the time. She said the police co-ordination office still had five months to decide where protesters could demonstrate. Police said they had contingency plans to ensure the safety of people outside the restricted zone. A working group has been set up to liaise with the Hong Kong People's Alliance on the WTO, which is co-ordinating local and overseas protest groups. Democratic Party legislator Sin Chung-kai warned the government that it was vital to find a venue for protesters soon. 'You should make arrangements for them so they may make their own arrangements legally. If that is not done, they will have to do it unlawfully.'