On the 17th of September 2016, a coalition of 33 activist networks organized nationwide demonstrations across Germany under the banner “STOP CETA & TTIP” that were aimed against so called transnational free trade agreements such as TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement).
According to the organizers of the demonstration, these so-called trade and investments partnerships pose not only a threat to the economy and environment, but are attacks against the foundations of democracy in Europe, Canada and the United States. On the website of the organizers it states: “Let us STOP CETA & TTIP! We support fair trade and not free trade.”
Organizers estimate that upwards of 300,000 to 350,000 people took part in these demonstrations.
acTVism Munich was present in both Berlin and Munich to provide on-ground coverage.
The demonstrations reflected a broad spectrum of movements: Activists, trade unions, farmers, nutrition, media, digital rights, civil rights, environmental organizations.
According to police the entire demonstration took place peacefully with no reports of violence.
PICTURES: TTIP and CETA Demonstration in Munich
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Zain Raza writes for acTVism Munich, where this article first appeared.