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Respect People Power: No WTO
by David Hanks/Global Exchange (david [at]
Sunday Nov 11th, 2001 11:08 PM
Respect People Power: No WTO
Richmond, California -- Two years after its defeat in Seattle the World Trade Organization is meeting again in Doha, Qatar. In response, people across the globe are localizing their resistance to once again stop the WTO's destructive "free trade" agenda.

In Richmond, hundreds of activists marched two miles from the BART Station to Chevron's Point Richmond oil refinery. Petrochemical giants like Chevron epitomize the corporations that benefit from the WTO and its "free trade" policies, devastating local communities and environments from Richmond and the Bay Area to Nigeria and around the world.

Ananda Williams marched alongside her mother Ladonna, who said, "these huge corporations are controlling our lives and privatizing necessities and they should not be. They're contaminating our communities and they're getting away with murder. We as a people are taking the power back saying 'we're not going to take this anymore.' The WTO preaches free trade when in reality, they take your rights away." (David Hanks/Global Exchange – Saturday 10 November 2001)

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