International Resistance Against TPPA: A Pictorial

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a free trade agreement to be signed by 12 countries including Malaysia, the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan.

Although it is a free trade agreement, the contents of the agreement actually cover much more than trade. Out of its 29 chapters, only 5 are concerned with trade. The agreement is also shrouded in secrecy, as all TPPA governments have agreed to continue the secrecy on the negotiating texts until four years after the deal has signed.

A memorandum handed to the parliament recently outlines the areas that the TPPA would affect, with minimal public consultation, including: access to medicine, access to affordable knowledge, national sovereignty, labour, and the environment.

In this article, I collate some pictures on the global movement of TPPA resistance, and let them do the talking.

A Quick Introduction

Why should we be worried?

The Horror of TPPA (Source: NajisTPPA.org)

The Horror of TPPA (Source: NajisTPPA.org)

Malaysia

TPPA Protest in Malaysia

TPPA Protest in Malaysia

14 activists were arrested for protesting the TPPA in Kota Kinabalu, where the TPPA talks were held. Read more here.

Thailand

Members of the Thai Civic Network and Free Trade Agreement Watch (FTA Watch) protested over the arrival of US President Barack Obama beside a street near Don Maung, in November 2012.

Members of the Thai Civic Network and Free Trade Agreement Watch (FTA Watch) protested over the arrival of US President Barack Obama beside a street near Don Maung, in November 2012. (Source)

Thailand is not one of the 12 countries within the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, but the Thai government had volunteered to join the group. Read more here.

Japan

Farmers protest against TPPA in Japan

About 4000 people protested against TPPA in Japan in April 2012

Japan is the last country to join the group. Read more here.

New Zealand

New Zealand is Not For Sale

New Zealand is Not For Sale

Resistance can come in comic form: here are some cartoons from the TPPA Cartoon Competition by ItsOurFuture.org.nz.

 

Australia

Taking People Power Away

Taking People Power Away

Filipinos in the US

Filipinos in the US protest against TPPA

Filipinos in the US protest against TPPA

The Filipino groups were concerned that TPPA would lead to “economic sabotage” in the region. Read more here.

Americans in the US

We The Corporations

We The Corporations, during the Leesburg TPP Rally (Source: GlobalTradeWatch)

Cross-Border Rally of US and Canada

Peace Arch Park - Surrey, BC & Blaine, WA

Peace Arch Park – Surrey, BC & Blaine, WA (Source: Backbone Campaign)

Concluding Thoughts

In other words, if the public knew what was going on, they would stop it.

In other words, if the public knew what was going on, they would stop it.

Read the full letter from US Senator Elizabeth Warren to US Trade Representative Nominee Michael Froman calling for transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

The agreement is scheduled to be signed by the end of this year. Read Malaysian news about the TPPA here, and if you feel strongly about it, do sign the petition here, and join the FTA Malaysia Facebook group to receive related updates.

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