Whither the Anti-Globalization Movement?
An article on the end of militant anti-globalization protests may seem odd given what happened at the G-8 meetings, but the following piece is interesting nonetheless:
|Julie Oliver, the Ottawa Citizen|
Police in riot gear move up Elgin Street during the 2001 protest at the G20 summit.
Taking it off the streets; Where did the anti-globalization movement go? In North America, it morphed into something quieter and, some say, more effective
The Ottawa Citizen
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Page: B1 / FRONT
Section: Saturday Observer
Byline: Kate Heartfield
Column: Kate Heartfield
Source: The Ottawa Citizen
In the auditorium of a former high school, an audience watches slides of the Battle of Seattle, the 1999 protests outside a meeting of the World Trade Organization. On the screen are images of angry young people with bandannas over their mouths and noses.
The audience is older than the people in the slides. Their wardrobes aren’t black and there aren’t any anarchy symbols to be seen. There are a lot of jeans, long skirts and pastel T-shirts bearing messages of peace. This is the core of the social justice movement in Ottawa: people who were concerned about free trade long before Seattle and who are still activists. The auditorium is full. Still, there’s a sense of nostalgia for 1999. Back then, droves of angry young people were joining the movement and the media were paying attention.
“They blocked streets and they made sure the ministerial meetings did not start!” says organizer Morna Ballantyne from the podium, to applause.
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