Manchester Zombies Take Over the Arndale in TTIP Protest

The Stop TTIP Manchester protestors dropped warning signs in the Arndale Centre following the zombie flashmob. Photo: Stop TTIP MCR @Facebook.

Stop TTIP Manchester rallied over 80 zombie protestors to raise awareness of the trade deal over negotiations which were held in Washington DC last week. The action was one of more than 500 public demonstrations across the globe against the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The zombies, complete with TTIP blindfolds, stumbled through the area of the Arndale Centre outside of the Next department store, attracting large crowds whilst being fed chlorinated chicken before playing dead. A stop TTIP chant followed, whilst a banner was dropped from the floor above reading ‘Time is ticking for TTIP’.

The stunt was co-ordinated by local activist group Stop TTIP MCR that have become part of a global movement of opposition against the trade deal. Hilda Palmer, a member of Stop TTIP MCR, said: “TTIP is fast-track deregulation to hell. It’s a huge threat to our democratic ability to protect health, safety, food and environmental standards—ultimately, giving power to corporations to do what they like.”

TTIP is proving to be one of the most controversial pieces of legislation that the European Commission has yet attempted to pass, with critics denouncing the proposal as giving international corporations unprecedented power, placing the NHS and other public services at risk of privatisation.

The treaty would allow governments to be sued by corporations if their laws or policies damaged the company’s profits. Yet the European Commission’s public consultations in regards to TTIP, published this January, have shown that 97 per cent of those consulted opposed the proposal.

Guy Taylor, Trade Campaigner at Global Justice Now, said: “Election time is a reminder for what a huge threat TTIP would be for our parliamentary democracy. Politicians promise so much to ordinary people in the UK, but what they would be able to do would be dramatically limited if TTIP was implemented and corporate interests brought to bear on so many decisions of government.

“We need to ensure that our democratically elected officials are free to act in the interests of the people they serve, rather than in the interests of corporate profits. Today’s action in Manchester is one of many happening around the UK, the EU and globally. We’ve signed petitions, lobbied and briefed MPs and MEPs, we’ve tried everything we can to stop TTIP, and they ignore us.

“Whenever we meet ordinary people they oppose TTIP, it is a charter for corporate rights at the expense of ordinary people. We are in the process of putting together a huge unstoppable campaign; today is part of that process. Watch us—or better still join us.”

At present over 1.6 million Europeans have signed a self-organised European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) saying ‘no’ to TTIP. Manchester has been a focal point for the national campaign after hosting the ‘TTIP: Building the Fightback’ conference as part of the War on Want Annual General Meeting on the 21st of March. Here, Jeronim Capaldo from Tutts University outlined his research predicting a loss of at least one million jobs across the region and minimal gains in real terms.

John Hilary, the Executive Director of War on Want, who has been dubbed the TTIP Terminator, said: “Politicians are fully aware of people’s outrage over TTIP and the other free trade deals being foisted by the EU.

“Despite the growing call to abandon the TTIP negotiations altogether, all three main UK political parties have this week published manifesto pledges backing the deal. The global day of action should make them rethink their support for such a blatant assault on our democratic rights.”

The European Citizen’s Initiative against TTIP can be found here.

Manchester Policy Week debate on TTIP

LOGO7-9pm, Tuesday 4th November

CASH BONANZA OR RISKY DEAL? Panel Discussion and Public Debate

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP) has provoked intense public debate in the UK and further afield. Advocates claim that it will significantly boost growth, while critics argue that it will lead to the erosion of hard-fought social and environmental protections. But who is right when it comes to TTIP?

Speakers: Polly Jones, Head of Policy and Campaigns, World Development Movement Clive George, Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and author of The Truth About Trade (Zed Books) Gabriel Siles-Brügge, Lecturer in Politics, The University of Manchester David Henig, Assistant Director, Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Venue: Nowgen Centre, 29 Grafton St, University of Manchester M13 9WU
Organisers: Politics Department
Contact: Louise Pemberton (louise.pemberton@manchester.ac.uk)
Please register HERE
Price: Free

Saturday 11th October is the International Day of Action against TTIP!

londonTomorrow Stop TTIP Mcr members will join with 38 Degrees activists to leaflet and raise awareness about TTIP around Manchester and Stockport.

1. The day will start at 9.45am with a lobby of Gerald Kaufman MP’s regular surgery at St Andrew’s Primary, Broom Avenue, Levenshulme M19 2UH.

2. 11am leafleting meet-ups:
Manchester City Centre: Outside Selfridges on Corporation St,
Fallowfield: Outside the Methodist Community Church on Hart Rd
Chorlton: Outside Costa Coffee in Chorlton Precinct
Stockport: At Stockport Shopping Centre, Mersey Square
Marple: Near Boots on Market Street
For additional 38 degrees meeting points (Salford, Sale, Ashton Under Lyne etc.)
see http://bit.ly/1thzmnR

3. From 2pm there will also be an info stall aimed at students on Wilmslow Rd in Fallowfield, outside Sainsbury’s if dry and under a bus shelter outside Owen’s Park if wet.

Please come and join in with any of these actions if you can!

PS If you’re in Bolton there’ll be a family-friendly joint Global Frackdown/StopTTIP meetup on the Town Hall Steps in Victoria Square at 12 noon.

#noTTIP Action Day in Manchester

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Manchester Stop TTIP Action Day – 12th July 2014

scaleThe National Stop TTIP Action Day is in LONDON and MANCHESTER.

For those in the north: 12 noon – 3pm, outside Barclays on Market Street.

STREET ACTION * TALKS * *STALLS* BRING A PICNIC!

Facebook page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/750524748325270

For other actions nationally see www.nottip.org.uk

The next planning meeting is on 2nd July, 7pm at Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham St M4 1LE.

 

 

No TTIP! national tour hits Manchester

7pm, 9th July cartoon_corporate_rule_elite_protest-400x219@ NW UNISON Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1UN 

Free and open to all – tell your friends! No need to book.

War on Want is running a national tour with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, UNISON, WDM and other partners to raise awareness and take action against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Currently being negotiated in secret between the EU and USA, TTIP is set to be the biggest transfer of power to transnational capital that we have seen in a generation, and it is up to us to stop it. There is already a major campaign against TTIP across continental Europe, and we need to build one in Britain too.

Speakers include:

  • Melinda St Louis, International Campaigns Director of the Global Trade Watch programme at Public Citizen (USA)
  • Ulrike Herrmann, author of the new anti-TTIP briefing Free Trade: Project of the Powerful
  • John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want and author of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s TTIP briefing (now in seven languages)
  • plus other trade union and activist speakers from the anti-TTIP movement

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/719406398117664/

 

Have your say on TTIP — it’s up to us to tell them “NO!”

The official online consultation is HERE but first see Corporate Europe Observatory’s response to and critique of the consultation HERE. Significantly, it doesn’t allow people to feedback on one of the worst aspects of TTIP, the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
However, this quick and easy poll (open till 6th July) allows members of the public to do just that: http://www.no2isds.eu/