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Protesters Unite Against TTIP At G7 Summit

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 Lilly    91



“It’s the largest police operation in the history of Bavaria,” said Martin Jäschke, a journalist from Der Spiegel. “Such a huge display of power like this, I’m afraid people feel it’s a provocation.”


At the very least, it feels a bit weird. There could not actually be any more police in Garmisch than there are right now. There wouldn’t be room. There are traffic jams of police vehicles. Every spare inch of tarmac has been commandeered for police coaches, riot vans and operations trucks. The only cars on the road that aren’t police cars are being driven by plainclothes policemen.


This is the kind of response you might expect. “The massive police presence is extremely intimidating,” said Lukas Müller, a 16-year-old student from Innsbruck. “It is a show of political power, but also a suppression of political protest. People have been stopped at checkpoints for so long, for hours at a time, that it’s really difficult simply to show up here. But that’s all we can do in this situation. Show up.”


What had made Lukas show up today? “For me, at this instant, there is one issue. It is TTIP.” This was the word on everyone’s lips and placards, young and old. The hikers were from across the political spectrum, from anarcho-syndicalists and libertarians, through greens to communists, but the TTIP trade deal seemed to be the one issue that gave focus to their ideological sprawl.


Matthias Kolb, a journalist from Munich, agreed. “The march is super diverse, super colourful, but it seems everybody agrees that TTIP is bad.”

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 Lucy Barnable    5,363

Good on them. :cheer:

10 Reasons Why You Should Oppose TPP and TTIP

The U.S. Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation on May 22 means that the TPA bill (also known as “Fast Track”) will soon be up for a vote in the House of Representatives. If the House follows suit and approves it, we can be certain that President Obama and his Republican supporters in Congress will move for expedited action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), both of which, Obama has stated, are top priorities of his administration.

These twin, trans-oceanic agreements are massive schemes that propose a very radical transformation of the global politico-economic system, with revolutionary integration and convergence of the major Atlantic and Pacific nations. The TPP currently includes 12 Pacific Rim member states (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam), but is expected to expand to include more nations, including Communist China.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) proposes to begin “deep and comprehensive” integration between the 28 member states of the European Union and the United States. Over the course of the past several years, we have published many articles detailing the dangers posed by these (still officially secret) agreements. We are bringing together here, in abbreviated form, 10 of those reasons why every American — whether identifying as Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, Tea Party, liberal, conservative, or constitutionalist — should oppose both of these proposals.



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