Friday, November 9, 2001

  • Thousands Gather Around the World in the Streets and in Conference Rooms to Protest the Wtomeeting in Qatar

    Environmentalists, human rights activists, labor unionists, and farmers have gathered from Bangladesh to South Africatoday to protest the World Trade Organization meetings in the Gulf state of Qatar. Doha, Qatar must have seemed likean ideal location when the World Trade Organization chose it a year ago to host this week’s crucial gathering oftrade ministers. At the time, the main security concern on the minds of WTO officials was the threat of a repeat ofthe big anti-globalization protests.

  • Police Shoot and Kill a University Student in Colombia During a Protest Against the U.S. War in Afghanistan; WTO Protest, Cont’d

    A medical student from the National University in Colombia was shot and killed in Bogota on Wednesday. Carlos Geovanny Blanco Leguzamo was killed during protests against U.S.-led bombings in Afghanistan and budget cuts at the university. According to the Associated Press, the University Vice President said the shot came from where the police were standing. The killing has gone practically unnoticed in the U.S. media. The U.S. is supporting Colombia with$1.3 billion in mostly military aid.

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