Press Release: TPP Protest Report

From Jim Albertini, Malu ‘Aina:
“Hawaii had a a very spirited protest against TPP on Sat. March 15th from 11-1PM at the Waikoloa Marriott Beach Hotel. More than 60 people gathered on the highway fronting the hotel property and held signs and banners against TPP for the first hour and leaflets were handed out to passing vehicles at the traffic light. (Leaflet below). People came from all over the island and included Native Hawaiian leaders, ILWU Union members, peace, environmental and anti-GMO activists, etc. Signs and banners included: “Secret meetings taking place here.” “NO TPP –Backroom deal -License to Steal,” TPP Kills Jobs, Kills Nature, Kills Home Rule.” “Stop TPP Fast Track –People Before Profits.” There were even signs in Japanese against TPP. The response from those passing by in vehicles and on foot was very positive.
“At 12 noon, about 30 people moved from the highway to the King’s trail area near the King and Queen marketplace areas of the resort complex to continue the protest and hand out leaflets to TPP delegates passing by on the sidewalks to and from the nearby restaurants and shops. The King’s trail is a public trail where free speech rights must be recognized within resort private property. Some delegates passing by wanted their pictures taken next to a protest vehicle truck with magnetic signs that read “No TPP: People Power Not 1% Rule.” and “No TPP –No License to Steal.” Hotel security were upset that the truck was parked in the parking area clearly marked “King’s Trail Parking Area.” They wanted the truck removed but protesters stood firm.
At the King’s trail, several county police eventually arrived and I heard one of the officers falsely assert that the trail was private hotel property. But he protests continued.
“Another dozen protesters went to walk the public shoreline area carrying protest signs and offer informational leaflets to people on the beach fronting the resort. Hotel security again tried to dispute people’s first amendment rights on the shoreline and the legal definition of the shoreline which is “the high wash of the high seasonal surf,” not the low or high tide mark. When protesters turned their cameras on to record the encounter, the security supervisor refused to say another word and left the area.
“No arrests were made throughout the day. The protest was peaceful. Still, people’s rights of peaceful protest need to be clarified and respected by hotel security and police on Hawaii’s public trails and shorelines. And of course corporations, and things like TPP, trampling on peoples rights and destroying the earth need to be stopped by united global citizen action.”
Jim Albertini for Malu ‘Aina

7 replies
  1. Tom
    Tom says:

    I really want to understand the article so please reveal what is ‘TPP’ what do those initials mean

  2. Alan McNarie
    Alan McNarie says:

    Trans-Pacific Partnership: a new “free trade” agreement between about a dozen countries, mostly around he Pacific rim. I’m working on a longer article about it. -AM

  3. joy cash
    joy cash says:

    TransPacific Partnership trade agreements w/ several Pacific Rim countries will represent 40% of total global business. These secret trade agreements establish multinational trade tribunals whose decisions will supercede all local, state & nationals laws governing sovereign countries who sign on.
    Yes, US labor, health & safety, patent & copyright laws will become subordinate to TPP tribunal judgements & fines if any country is found interfering w/ trade w/ any of TPP’s signatories. Ecuador was fined billions when bringing objections that were found to constrain trade.
    If this isn’t chilling enough, these trade agreements are accompaned by military “security” pacts to protect our trading partners.
    Keep in mind, these trade agreements are secret & are supported by our tax dollars. Only trade delegations/negotiators are allowed to access to these proceedings.
    Recently, a few brave senators have demanded access to TPP documents. They were allowed limited access, only after agreeing to non-disclosure of any contents. After seeing contents, senator would only say “If American public knew content of these trade agreements, they would not approve of them.”
    Dozens of multinational corporations are negotiating delegates in these trade agreements, insuring their future profits. This is the “New World Order” Bush, Sr. promised us.

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