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10,000 march vs. the FTAA in Montreal (english)
01 Nov 2002
As part of the hemisphere-wide actions in solidarity with the protests in Quito, Ecuador against the Free Trade Area of the Americas, striking students, supporters of the Palestinian struggle, and various other members of the Montreal community marched in a massive show of support Thursday. Repression in Quito has been tough, and is likely only to increase as several local, national and continental organizations mobilize against the FTAA meetings in the coming days. The protesters in Quito are counting on just such demonstrations of solidarity to contain police attacks.
10,000 demonstrate against the FTAA in Montreal

A quick and short report from the streets of Montreal (Quebec,

[NOTE: photos are accessible at and]

October 31, 2002, 7:25pm

At least 10,000 protesters demonstrated in the streets of Montreal
this evening against the FTAA, as part of a hemispheric student strike. The festive protest occupied several city blocks, as it wound its way thru downtown Montreal, including the stock exchange and other parts of the financial district on St-Jacques street. The demo ended in an open-air party in a major park downtown. There were no reported arrests.

Today's demonstration was called in solidarity with protests in Quito,
Ecuador, against the FTAA Trade Ministers meeting in that city. The
huge turnout in Montreal clearly rekindles local resistance to the FTAA and capitalist globalization that manifested itself 18 months ago in the streets of Quebec City. Today's demonstration, while dominated by striking students from all over Montreal, included a Palestinian solidarity contingent, supporters of non-status Algerians facing deportation from Canada, as well as several anarchist groups.

The main organizing groups behind todays protest were the Association
pour une Solidarite Syndicale Etudiante (ASSE) and the Quebec component of the Canadian Federation of Students, supported by various other organizations. The protest was organized with a clear No to the FTAA message, and an effort to link education issues to the broader effects of imperialism and capitalism.

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