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Sat Nov 18 2023 (Updated 11/23/23)
Massive Opposition to APEC Summit
Thousands of Police and Metal Walls Isolate Elites from the People in San Francisco
As billionaires and politicians met behind ten-foot-high metal walls in San Francisco from November 11-17, tens of thousands of demonstrators protested outside. Member nations of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit claim to have "Inclusive, Collaborative Solutions for Just Transitions," but opponents call this greenwashing and maintain that years of corporate neoliberalism are responsible for economic inequality, oppression, the climate crisis, and war. Ahead of the summit, streets were pressure washed and unhoused folks were pushed out of sight. Police were omnipresent throughout downtown San Francisco. Police with dogs patrolled the restaurant terraces at the Embarcadero Ferry Building.

Twenty thousand "No to APEC" protesters kicked off a week of demonstrations on November 12. On November 15, a huge metal wall separating the APEC economic-military elites from the rest of the world was the scene of one of the larger demonstrations. Demonstrators hoisted huge banners inviting the war criminals to leave the city. Prominent among activists were the most immediate victims of the global corporatists, native peoples and Pacific Islanders. The action focused on many issues: militarism, poverty, fossil fuel, climate chaos, and the Palestinian struggle.

On November 15, in front of the metal wall fortifying the APEC summit entrance, protester Sarah White was brutally assaulted by APEC attendee Michael Davies. Knocked unconscious, she fell to the ground, hitting her head on the metal barrier. Sarah's jaw was broken in multiple places; she suffered bleeding on the brain and will require surgery. Davies was charged with assault and arraigned on November 21.

photo Stanford Students Rise Up as Japan's Kishida, S Korea's Yoon Speak on Campus Pt II | Stanford Students Rise Up as Japan's Kishida, S Korea's Yoon Speak on Campus Pt I | photo Community Raising Funds to Support Protester Brutally Assaulted by APEC Attendee | photo "GayPEC" Pinkwashing APEC afterparty met with unpleasant protestor surprise | photo No On APEC At the APEC Fence | photo Tibetan Protest Against Xi Jinping’s US APEC Visit | event Protest Against Kishida/Yoon Visit At Standord | photo Protests against AFL-CIO Support for Palestinian Genocide; No to APEC in San Francisco | photo SF Says No to APEC in Massive Action | photo Shut APEC Down! Thousands Rally To Protest APEC In San Francisco

See Also: photo As Biden Visits, Bay Bridge Shut Down to Demand Gaza Ceasefire and End of US Military Aid to Israel | photo Malaysia to raise Palestine issue at San Francisco Apec meeting | photo Philippines: Unions decry deceptive, vague ‘labor agenda’ of APEC | photo Call for Global Labor Strike for Palestine on 11/9/23 at SF Rally for Palestine
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