VIDEO: TTIP-CETA Demonstration in Hanover

TTIP-CETA Demonstration in Hannover

VIDEO: TTIP-CETA Demonstration in Hanover

On the 23rd of April 2016 a coalition of 20 activist networks organized a demonstration under the banner “Stop TTIP & CETA” in Hanover (Germany) against so called transnational free trade agreements such as TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) – a day before the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama, who will be opening the Hanover exhibition together with the aim of promoting these agreements.

According to the organizers of the demonstration, these so called trade and investments partnerships are unconstitutional and threaten the foundations of democracy in Germany and Europe. On the website of the organizers it states: “We require a social and ecological barriers for globalization. But TTIP and CETA are taking us in the wrong direction.”

Organizers estimate that 90,000 people took part to demonstrate against TTIP, CETA and even TISA. Other media outlets and police reports estimate circa 35,000 participants.

We interviewed a number experts and organizers with diverse expertise to find out more about the significance and meaning of these free trade agreements.

VIDEO: TTIP-CETA Demonstration in Hanover

The demonstration reflected a broad spectrum of movements: Activists, trade unions, civil rights and even environmental organizations. Speakers included Hani Gramann (member of Attac Germany), Tobias Plüfger (Left Party Germany), Dr. Simone Peter (Green party Germany), Matthias Miersch (Social Democrat Germany), Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger (Environmental and Nature Germany), Olaf Zimmermann (CEO of German Council for Culture), Christoph Bautz (Campact e.V.), Andrea Kocsis (Trade Union – ver.di) und Frank Immendorf (small and medium businesses against TTIP).

According to police the entire demonstration took place peacefully with no reports of violence.

Recommended VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on TTIP & TPP ( Please forward the video to 7 Minutes 16 Seconds)

PICTURE GALLERY: TTIP-CETA Demonstration in Hanover

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