THE ANTI-capitalist movement hit Newcastle last Saturday, with a 100-strong anti-sweatshop protest outside a sports shop in the city centre. The day began with a Globalise Resistance stall on the green (an area where young people hang out in the centre of Newcastle).
An anti-sweatshop petition attracted loads of attention and some great discussions were had. Aaron and Jordan, two young kids who came over to sign the petition, were so enthused they rushed off with a pile of leaflets and petition sheets. They came back ten minutes later with 60 signatures and tales of how they were first thrown out of a department store, and then asked to leave the shopping centre altogether!
When asked why they were coming to the protest, Aaron said, 'It's so wrong to use Third World people to make shoes and jackets for Nike, which they sell for £50 or more.'
We then assembled to march to the sports shop behind an anti-sweatshop banner. This action attracted an enormous amount of attention and support for the protest from passers-by. People linked arms across the front of the shop whilst chanting, 'Adidas, Nike, Gap-we don't want your corporate crap'.