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Suggestion for a passive WTO protest
11 Mar 2002
Modified: 13 Mar 2002
The following is an idea for a simple, traditional mail protest against the tyranny of the World Trade Organization. Perhaps the mail-based protest isn't the most effective in the world... but in great enough numbers, who knows?
Perhaps I'm antique myself, but I had an idea this morning for a potentially moving form of traditional letter-writing protest. Everyone who reads this and opposes the WTO, I urge you to send a letter to their address (listed below) that contains only the following poem (by Percy Shelley):

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert...Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Granted, no form of mail-based protest will ever get anything done... but in significant numbers, it would help show them that they indeed to have opponents: foes who know that their great empire will one day be like that of Ozymandias'.

Anyways, here's the generic mailing address... if anyone knows an address that could get further than some trash sorting bin, let us know. =)

World Trade Organization
Centre William Rappard,
Rue de Lausanne 154,
CH-1211 Geneva 21,

I know, I know... passive protests like this are ineffective... But while you have 5 minutes of spare time, why not give it a shot? The worst (and most likely) that could happen is that it gets ignored, and you wasted 5 minutes that you would have wasted anyways. The best that could happen? Eh, who knows. =)

-Vendal Thornheart
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11 Mar 2002
I agree: This would take five minutes and less than half a buck. Even if it doesn't accomplish anything, what have you really lost? And if the global community took part in a letter-writing campaign such as this, the numbers would be astronomical, and maybe, just maybe, we could keep the WTO scared...
11 Mar 2002
Excellent! Let's pass the word on then... tell anyone you know that's sympathetic. If you know any more indymedia sites, then inform them of this attempt as well. One thing I really lack is connections, so I don't know who to send this to in order to attract more attention. I'll need all of your help with that part...
scared by letters
12 Mar 2002
I'm sorry but no matter how many letters the WTO gets they won't be running scared, if y'all choose to do those then best of luck but for less $ and equal time you could throw a brick through yer local niketown and really hit the bastards whre it hurts, their wallet.
though you are correct, Baca...
13 Mar 2002
It would still be a simple and inexpensive symbolic gesture... a sort of "We've got your number" statement, without the downside of them having an excuse to arrest you. That's the one problem with small violent outbreaks: they may be effective, but all it would end up doing is sending more of our supporters to jail, where they'd be (well, nearly) useless.