Hello! You are part of a community of millions who seek out Democracy Now! for ad-free daily news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for our in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the voices of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We produce all of this news at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation. We do this without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on support from viewers and listeners like you. Today, less than 1% of our visitors support Democracy Now! with a donation each year. If even 3% of our website visitors donated just $12 per month, we could cover our basic operating expenses for a year. Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make a monthly contribution.

Your Donation: $
Friday, April 20, 2001 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Mike Davis Speaks Out Against Ftaa

Ring of Steel Surrounds Leaders at Ftaa Summit; As Protesters Gather

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

A ring of steel, unprecedented levels of security and tens of thousands of protesters will greet 34 leaders fromnations across the Americas today when they open a three-day summit in Quebec City. President Bush will arrive today.

Canadian authorities have deployed around 7,000 police and 1,200 troops. They have also built a 10-foot-high fencesome 4 miles long to seal off parts of the historic old city and summit venues.

Protesters have dubbed the fence the "Wall of Shame" and liken to it to the Berlin Wall as a symbol of oppression anddivision.

Although the summit will spend no more than half an hour discussing the progress made in FTAA negotiations, theprotesters have succeeded in ensuring the potential dangers of free trade are at the top of the popular agenda.

Protests also are planned far from Quebec City, with marches or blockades planned in other Canadian and U.S. citiesand in Tijuana, Mexico, near the border with California.

The Electrohippie Collective said it was targeting Web sites connected with the summit for protest activity — mostlikely a flood of e-mail that would hamper operation of the sites.


  • Jaggi Singh, spokesperson for CLAC, the Anti-Capitalist Convergence in Quebec City.
  • Maude Barlow
  • Philippe Duhamel, spokesperson for SalAMI, citizen based group that organizes opposition to corporateglobalization
  • Jaime Chavez, works with Water Information network, connected to a bi-national border organizing network.

Related links:

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

This is viewer supported news