Thousands Rally Against TTIP, CETA Deals in Protests Around Spain

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
By Paul Martin

Thousands of people participated in protests against the US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) deals around Spain, the UGT trade union said Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The heads of the UGT and CCOO unions which organized the events, Pepe Alvarez and Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, respectively, participated in a rally outside of the headquarters of the European Commission in Madrid, submitting a letter to institution’s head Jean Claude Juncker expressing their concern over impacts of deals on employment, justice and democracy.

“There are many reasons to oppose TTIP especially because it is an agreement about which we know nothing, which deprives us of rights, which will make companies impose their laws on us, which threatens the environment, which does not respect democracy because decisions of businesses and special courts will be more important, and which is ultimately against our fundamental rights,” Alvarez said, as quoted by the union.

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