October 10th, 2015
As many as 250,000 protesters gathered in Berlin, according to organizers
“This is the biggest protest that this country has seen for many, many years,” Christoph Bautz, of citizens’ movement Campact told protesters in a speech.
According to The Guardian “The environmental groups, charities and opposition parties that organised the protest claimed 250,000 people took part, while a police spokesman said 100,000 attended. Smaller protests were also held in other cities, including Amsterdam, with a rally due to be held in London on Saturday night at which shadow chancellor John McDonnell is scheduled to speak.”
If you’re not already aware of what the TTIP is, you should know that it concerns you; learning about it will help a person understand the dynamic of corporate influence on government and collusion. That influence is heavy enough to damage the quality of your internet.
The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is commonly referred to as a “free trade deal”, but it has little to do with people trading freely. The only thing it has to do with freedom is granting corporations the freedom to be unregulated, while small businesses endure regulation. It is essentially designed to make laws across the board in multiple countries at once.
It was negotiated in secret; the only reason we know the little we do about the TPP and TTIP, is because of leaked drafts of the negotiations.
According to an apt description from War on Want.org-“The main goal of TTIP is, by their own admission, to remove regulatory ‘barriers’ which restrict the potential profits to be made by transnational corporations on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet these ‘barriers’ are in reality some of our most prized social standards and environmental regulations, such as labour rights, food safety rules (including restrictions on GMOs), regulations on the use of toxic chemicals, digital privacy laws and even new banking safeguards introduced to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.”
Perhaps this deal and the escalating tensions in the Middle East are raising the morale of activists across the spectrum, because this was actually just one protest out of many on this Saturday making headlines around the globe.
The events taking place in Turkey today are unbelievable; 86+ people died in a bombing and thousands are protesting in the streets of Istanbul. From Yahoo News– “Some carried placards reading ‘the state is a killer’ and ‘we know the murderers’, echoing allegations of state responsibility made in the aftermath of the attack but denied by the government.”
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