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(en) Brazil, Sao Paulo, 5 thousand against FTAA

From Pablo Ortellado <paort@uol.com.br>
Date Fri, 1 Nov 2002 12:58:09 -0500 (EST)


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Thursday, five thousand people marched in Sao Paulo against FTAA
ministerial summit in Quito, Ecuador. Two thousand joined the autonomous block.

See pictures at:
http://www.midiaindependente.org/front.php?article_id=40528&group=webcast

Demonstration took Paulista Avenue, Sao Paulo most important avenue where
most bank and multinational corporation headquarters are located.

Demonstration was cheerful and peaceful. Banners and puppets protested
Brazil's negotiation of the agreement and its possible impact on worker's,
enviroment's protection laws and social services.

There were two blocks at the march, one organized by the institutional left
(unions and political parties) and other organized by autonomous
anti-authoritarian groups. The blocks marched together at the avenue and
then, while institutional left protested in front of Brazil's Central Bank,
the autonomous block kept marching in Sao Paulo downtown until Patriarca
Square where 700 plates of vegetarian meal where distributed.

Today autonomous groups keep protesting. Early this morning, bikers
occupied Sao Paulo's downtown with a critical mass against the FTAA. Later
this evening, a huge street party will again take the streets in protest
againt the Quito summit.



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