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Democracy set to take another blow
09 Apr 2001
At the upcoming Summit of the Americas 34 heads of state from the western hemisphere will gather to negotiate a trade agreement never seen by their citizens or even their elected representatives. The FTAA has profound implications for human rights, social services, the environment and labor. With secretative negotiations set to take place behind two walls in Quebec City Canada on April 21-22, it's no suprise that thousands of concerned citizens will be out to protest.
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Freedom of Assembly
20 Apr 2001
I am shocked and disturbed at the outlay of money and manpower governments seem to think they need to spend to "protect" these meetings. In my opinion, it only exacerbates the tension. However, I would argue that these organizations have the right to assemble, just as the protesters have the same right.

I think the emphasis shouldn't be on closing down the meetings, but on requiring their content to made public, or on banning pseudo-governmental organizations and corporations from taking on a governmental policy role. I guess that would have to be done from a legal perspective.

My hope would be that if the arguments can be taken to a public forum, then protesters would have a more productive voice.