Hundreds gather for anti-TTIP demo
Hundreds of people from 16 different organisations gathered in the capital on Saturday to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP.
The anti-TTIP gathering in Place Clairefontaine included environmental NGOs, major unions and Luxembourg's consumer union the ULC, among others.
The trade agreement, which is being negotiated between the EU and US, aims to create the largest market in the world.
But, not everyone supports it. Among the people waving “Stop TTIP” banners in the capital, there is a belief that the agreement poses a threat to democracy, social and economic values and consumer protection.
The anti-TTIP platform also opposes the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, signed between EU and Canada on September 26, 2014, which remains to be approved by the 28 member states of the EU, as well as the 10 Canadian provinces.
According to the organisations, these two treaties "flout our democracy," as the negotiations take place behind closed doors and "put our national parliaments under supervision" since "in the future the new laws of a country must first be discussed with the EU and the United States."
Other criticisms of the agreements are that they "put the interests of the multinationals before those of the community" and "drastically reduce consumer, environment and health protection."
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