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Thursday, December 2, 1999

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  • The Battle in Seattle: Hundreds Arrested and a Look at the WTO and the Environment

    President Clinton spoke yesterday before trade ministers from 130 member countries of the World Trade Organization, as hundreds of protesters continued to occupy the streets of Seattle in non-violent protests against global capitalism. The WTO limped into its second day of meetings, with stunned delegates meeting behind police lines to decide on a trade agenda aimed at expediting global free trade. The city continues to be in a state of emergency and under police siege–with hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement agents patrolling the streets, arresting people and shooting tear gas canisters to disperse crowds. Close to 500 demonstrators were arrested yesterday, as police changed tactics from the day before and began to make mass arrests.

  • Sen. Tom Hayden Fights WTO Attempts to Supersede California Laws

    Among the critics of the WTO is also California State Senator Tom Hayden, who participated in some of the protests against the World Trade Organization. He is among the WTO critics who raise concerns over the trade organization’s ability to override local, state and national laws and regulations, and impose its own set of trade standards on communities around the world. Juan and I had the chance to interview Senator Hayden yesterday at a hotel just across the street from the Westin Hotel, where President Clinton and hundreds of WTO delegates hunkered down.