RIGHT ACROSS the world people protested against capitalism this week. Their target was the World Trade Organisation. Tens of thousands marching in Seattle were attacked by police. Across France tens of thousands joined marches like the one shown here in Paris. In London and other cities across Britain people staged protests. Similar protests took place from Brazil to Bangladesh, from Argentina to Australia.
The World Trade Organisation is the latest attempt by the rich and powerful to impose their will on the world and its people. Under the banner of 'free trade', the governments in Seattle aim to make it even easier for global corporations to plunder the world. The free trade rules the WTO wants will mean devastation for small farmers in the Third World, who will be crushed by the giant agribusiness corporations.
The WTO wants to push through rules opening up public services like education and health to global multinationals. They want to enshrine rules allowing companies to foist genetically modified foods on the world. Anyone who challenges this faces punitive sanctions from powerful states like the US and Britain.
The Seattle meeting sums up the sickness of capitalism, a system in which people and the environment are sacrificed to profit. That is why people around the world are raging and why they are right to protest.