Members of the Korean Peasants League, dubbed Asia's most militant opponents of globalisation, yesterday scouted out areas around the venue for the WTO forum next month. Ten Koreans walked around the Wan Chai pier and Golden Bauhinia Square near the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. About 1,200 members of the group are expected to arrive in Hong Kong to protest. Mabel Au Mei-po, of protest co-ordinator the Hong Kong People's Alliance on the WTO, said the members were concerned about ensuring their message got across to the trade ministers. 'The Koreans promised that they would protest peacefully,' Ms Au said, in a bid to allay fears that demonstrations will become violent. The Koreans are slated to join the alliance's protests, in which 7,000 to 11,000 people are expected to take part. The group is among 1,000 non-governmental organisations which are allowed to enter the Convention and Exhibition Centre during the December 13-18 meeting. Members would enter the venue to take part in the daily briefing sessions held among the NGOs in the exhibition centre's old wing, according to the alliance. The league represents farmers angry over Seoul's moves to cut subsidies and open up its rice market. One farmer stabbed himself to death while protesting outside a meeting in Cancun, Mexico, in 2003. The league was also involved in violent demonstrations last year in South Korea and lit fires in front of the National Assembly. 'The Koreans wanted Hong Kong people to know why they would protest against the meeting and their gloomy situation,' Ms Au said, adding that the 10 members would hold a press conference outside the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui today. Protests are due to start on December 11 and run until the meeting ends.