February 4, 2016
Huge protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which just down this major intersection in Auckland.
EDIT: not just an intersection, the entire downtown CBD is shut down.
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a proposed regional free trade deal between 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Negotiations began in 2005 and were supposed to be concluded in 2012, but some issues have been so contentious the parties have not been able to agree. The most recent round of highly secretive talks took place in July in Ottawa, Canada.
At the heart it is a huge lie which pretends this is about trade,” she said. “It’s not about trade, it’s about allowing foreign corporations to override the decisions of democratically elected governments.”
“The fact that it has a specific clause in it to allow investor corporations to sue our Government if it takes any actions which reduces their profits … that is the most anti-democratic thing that has ever happened in my lifetime.”