Hun­dreds in Madrid protest US-Europe, Canada-EU trade deals

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple have protested in Madrid against the TransAt­lantic Trade and In­vest­ment Part­ner­ship, a ma­jor free trade deal be­tween the United States and the Euro­pean Union.

The pro­test­ers Satur­day also urged of­fi­cials not to ap­prove the Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic and Trade Agree­ment, a smaller trade agree­ment be­tween Canada and the EU, and the Trade in Ser­vices Agree­ment, which in­volves the EU.

Pro­test­ers car­ried signs claim­ing the deals would im­pov­er­ish lo­cals, chant­ing “They are not treaties, they are coups d’état!” and “We are peo­ple, not mer­chan­dise!” Some wore huge yel­low foam chains around their necks to sig­nify en­slave­ment, while oth­ers dressed up as ty­coons.

Spain is re­cov­er­ing from an eco­nomic cri­sis that left mas­sive youth un­em­ploy­ment. Its econ­omy is on the up­swing but politi­cians have strug­gled for months to form a gov­ern­ment.

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