Transregional protest against preferential trade agreements
Cornelia Reiher – 2018
Tokyo, Berlin, Lima, Seoul, Vancouver . . . during the last two decades, sometimes tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in the streets of these cities against transregional preferential trade agreements (PTAs) 1 such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), or the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. Some transregional PTAs have been in effect for more than two decades, while others are currently on hold or still under negotiation. In opposition to these PTAs, broad alliances of farmers, consumer rights activists, environmental organizations, labour unions, and opposition parties repeatedly reclaimed urban spaces and engaged in protests often organized by transregional networks.