Activists adopt a more peaceful approach but warn of a tougher stance when they march today Protests against the WTO passed without violence yesterday as hundreds of Korean farmers who had earlier clashed with police got down on their knees to stage a more peaceful demonstration. Streets near the ministerial conference echoed with the beat of drums as almost 1,400 protesters fell to their knees every three steps, chanting: 'Down, down, WTO.' Most shops stayed open as thousands of onlookers crammed footpaths to watch the spectacle. Trouble nearly flared for a third day when police refused to allow a truck carrying the marchers' sound system into the Wan Chai cargo area, with one spokeswoman saying police would suffer the 'consequences'. The truck was eventually allowed to enter. In a fiery speech, Korean Peasants League general-secretary Park Min-ung warned violence was likely to erupt in the protest area because police had 'interfered' with activists' democratic rights by refusing to allow them to use their sound system during the march. 'Today our march was peaceful, but this is where it stops,' Mr Park said. 'Tomorrow, we will see a different face that we put on in this struggle to smash the WTO.' The cargo area may have been trouble-free, but that did not stop hundreds of amateur photographers cramming the site to snap whatever they could - three Korean protesters diving into the harbour being about the best on offer. Chief Superintendent Alfred Ma Wai-luk, of the police public relations bureau, urged would-be citizen journalists to stay away from the area. 'The atmosphere there is rather tense, they should be aware of this,' he said. Mr Ma shrugged off the Korean farmers' claims that today would see an escalation in their protests, saying police were ready to meet any challenge thrown at them. 'We have prepared for all scenarios and have sufficient manpower to position ourselves within appropriate locations,' he said. 'Within a very short space of time, we would be there.' Before the largely male collective set off for the Wan Chai cargo area from Victoria Park, about 300 rural women from Asia staged their own march against the World Trade Organisation. They sang, drummed and danced mostly peacefully, except for the occasional obscenity. To attract attention to their protest, the women broadcast the theme tune of the popular drama Jewel in the Palace while chanting slogans in the busy streets of Causeway Bay. Kim Jae-im, a middle-aged Korean, burst into tears while describing how rural villages were deserted, leaving only farmers to look after the elderly while trying hard to make enough money to secure their children a better future. Activists from Thailand said rural women were more vulnerable to the lure of prostitution if they were unable to compete with foreign imported crops like soyabeans and corn, and ran into debt. The march ended peacefully in Wan Chai where the women joined the male protesters.