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South Korean farmer injured in Nov. protest dies in hospital

  • Baek Dora-ji, center in black attire, daughter of the late farmer activist Baek Nam-gi, and protesters shout slogans against the government at the Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Dozens of activists are commemorating Baek who died in the hospital almost a year after being knocked unconscious by water cannons during protests against South Korea's government. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Baek Dora-ji, center in black attire, daughter of the late farmer activist Baek Nam-gi, and protesters shout slogans against the government at the Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Dozens of activists are commemorating Baek who died in the hospital almost a year after being knocked unconscious by water cannons during protests against South Korea's government. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners pay tributes in front of a memorial altar for the late farmer activist Baek Nam-gi at the Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Dozens of activists are commemorating Baek who died in the hospital almost a year after being knocked unconscious by water cannons during protests against South Korea's government. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Mourners pay tributes in front of a memorial altar for the late farmer activist Baek Nam-gi at the Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Dozens of activists are commemorating Baek who died in the hospital almost a year after being knocked unconscious by water cannons during protests against South Korea's government. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of activists are commemorating a farmer who died in a hospital almost a year after being knocked unconscious by water cannons during protests against South Korea's government.

Baek Nam-gi had been at Seoul National University Hospital since he fell and injured his head during the demonstration last November protesting President Park Geun-hye's labor policies.

The hospital says Baek died Sunday of an acute kidney injury.

Police had sought a warrant to conduct an autopsy to find the exact cause of his death, but a court rejected the request.

Activists say no autopsy is needed because it's obvious Baek died because of the water cannon.

About 200 activists were at the hospital Monday to block authorities if they try again to get an approval for an autopsy.