PROTESTS ARE to take place across Britain on Tuesday 30 November as part of a show of worldwide opposition to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The WTO is made up of trade ministers from 134 countries who are due to meet in Seattle in the US.
The world's giant multinational corporations will be pulling the strings. They want more and more of the globe to be opened up to the free market so they can maximise their profits. Campaigning author Susan George says, 'In my view, the World Trade Organisation is the greatest threat to democracy we now face, and should be the prime target for militants.' If a protest has not already been planned in your area, organise one now.
In London Reclaim the Streets is organising a protest at 5pm at Euston station in central London, including a rally with speakers and music. Reclaim the Streets says, 'The most blatant example of market madness is the sale of tube lines to Railtrack - a company more concerned about its £1 million a day profit than about preventing accidents like Paddington. Imagine a land for people, clean air, uncontaminated food, free education, free healthcare, public transport, homes not domes for all, car free streets. All these things have one thing in common - they won't exist if the WTO gets its way.'
The People and Planet group at Edinburgh University are organising a march on the Scottish Parliament. They plan to board up the windows of the parliament to show how the power of the WTO makes bodies like the Scottish Parliament powerless.
In Leeds People and Planet, Green Action and the Socialist Worker Student Society have called leafleting at 11am in City Square.
A 'Doing it up North' day of activities will take place in Bradford.
Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the World Development Movement in Bristol are planning a protest at 12 noon at College Green in central Bristol.
A public meeting in the House of Commons is organised for Monday 29 November at 7pm.