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Water Cannons Used Against Peaceful Anti-TTIP Protestors: the Next ACTA Revolt? 142

Glyn Moody (946055) writes "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), potentially the world's biggest trade agreement, has been negotiated behind closed doors for nearly a year now. Apart from what we learn from a few official releases — and an increasing number of leaks — we still don't really know what is being agreed in the name of 800 million people in the U.S. and EU. When a peaceful anti-TTIP protest was held outside yet another closed-doors meeting in Belgium, the local police sent in the water cannons and arrested nearly 300 people in what seems an extreme over-reaction. Will TTIP turn into the next ACTA revolt?"
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Water Cannons Used Against Peaceful Anti-TTIP Protestors: the Next ACTA Revolt?

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  • Isn't it obvious? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by viperidaenz ( 2515578 ) on Monday May 19, 2014 @07:43PM (#47042431)

    USA media companies want to make copyright infringement an extraditable offence in all the signing countries, so they don't have to go through the pain they're having with Kim Dotcom.

  • Belgian police (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 19, 2014 @07:49PM (#47042487)

    After checking some local newspaper: the protest was allowed, but the protester did go outside of the previously allowed area automatically enticing a police action. However the videos i have seen look like the matter was handled in a very professional and controlled manner.

  • Re:Silly Peasants (Score:5, Interesting)

    by geezer nerd ( 1041858 ) on Monday May 19, 2014 @08:16PM (#47042679)
    The same kind of process is currently on-going with respect to the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement). Negotiations have been going on behind closed doors for years. Only a few leaks give a hint as to what is coming.

    So far, the leaks indicate that the US has let loose the corporate dogs, particularly in big Pharma and Agriculture, to snarl and threaten the peaceful existence of the smaller countries involved.

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