Hundreds of thousands march against free trade dealing

Does this sound familiar, apart from the numbers?

Massive march against trade deal in Berlin

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Berlin on Saturday in protest against a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that they say is anti-democratic and will lower food safety, labour and environmental standards.

Consumer rights activists take part in a march to protest against TTIP in Berlin

Organisers – an alliance of environmental groups, charities and opposition parties – said 250,000 people were taking part in the rally against free trade deals with both the United States and Canada.

Opposition to the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has risen over the past year in Germany, with critics fearing the pact will hand too much power to big multinationals at the expense of consumers and workers.

It looks like they are working from the same script that anti-TPPA protesters have used here.

“What bothers me the most is that I don’t want all our consumer laws to be softened,” Oliver Zloty told Reuters TV. “And I don’t want to have a dictatorship by any companies.”

Dieter Bartsch, deputy leader of the parliamentary group for the Left party, who was taking part in the rally said he was concerned about the lack of transparency surrounding the talks.

“We definitely need to know what is supposed to be being decided,” he said.

Left wing Opposition parties being involved is also familiar.

The level of resistance has taken Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government by surprise and underscores the challenge it faces to turn the tide in favour of the deal which proponents say will create a market of 800 million and serve as a counterweight to China’s economic clout.

Also similar to the TPPA, claimed to be a counterweight to Chinese trade in the Pacific rim.

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  1. Mike C

     /  11th October 2015

    The Leftie Activists here in New Zealand could only dream of getting hundreds of thousands of people to turn up at one of their Anti-TPPA rallies. LOL.

    Fear of the unknown and anti-Government sentiment seems to drive all of the hype up that takes place with regards to potential TPP Agreement discussions and deals.

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    • kittycatkin

       /  11th October 2015

      I don’t know what motives these people attribute to the governments who are doing these deals. If it was that disastrous, it would have been obvious long ago and no government will deliberately score an own goal by stuffing the economy up.

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  2. Brown

     /  11th October 2015

    They will be protesting their hearts out while buying off Amazon because it saves a dollar. You can always vote with your wallet but the left always want to vote with someone else’s wallet.

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