Wednesday, December 1, 1999

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  • The Battle in Seattle — Tens of Thousands of Protesters Shut Down the Inaugural Sessions of the World Trade Organization

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    As one activist put it, if almost nobody had heard of the WTO before yesterday, the whole world now knows of the existence of the trade group, which is regarded by many as one of the world’s most powerful and secretive organizations. The trade group, which has 130 delegations from member countries in Seattle, was to begin meetings aimed at launching a new round of world trade negotiations to reduce tariffs in areas ranging from agriculture, to telecommunications, to steel production.

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