Argentina has blocked two European activists from entering the country on the eve of the World Trade Organization's ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires, according to local radio reports.
Sally Burch, a British activist and journalist for the Latin American Information Agency, said Argentina had already revoked credentials given to her by the WTO to attend the meeting, but she thought she would be able to enter the country as a tourist.
"They found my name on a list and started asking questions... supposedly I was a false tourist," Burch said on Radio 10. "It's not very democratic of Argentina's government."
Petter Titland, spokesman for Norweigan NGO Attac Norge, said authorities denied him entry without even explaining why.
Late last month, Argentina rescinded the credentials of some 60 activists who had been accredited by the WTO to attend the meeting because government officials determined they would be "more disruptive than constructive."
WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell reiterated on Saturday that the organization disagrees with Argentina's decision. "We didn't have the same perspective, but we're now moving on," Rockwell told journalists.
The unexpected move was a blow to the reputation of the WTO, which had been boosting public-relations efforts and engaging critics following negative attention at past events, such as the large 1999 protests in Seattle, Washington.