4 arrested at White House protest of Colombia free trade deal
On the 11th of July, 4 people were arrested in front of the White House during a protest of the US/Colombia Free Trade Agreement that Obama may soon introduce to Congress. They stayed put after perhaps 100 people crossed from Lafayette Park to deliver 51 cardboard coffins to the street in front of the White House.
The 51 coffins symbolize the 51 trade unionists murdered by right-wing paramilitaries and other hired guns last year. An additional 17 have died this year-yet Obama wants to betray his campaign promises to block the Colombia as well as the South Korean trade agreements. Long have the GOP and US Chamber of Commerce sought these deals, long have indigenous people in Colombia and millions of others in both countries sought to stop them.
Two speakers at the rally that preceded the civil disobediance warned that passage of the so-called free trade agreement would mean multinational corporations would gain the “right” to push indigenous people and Afro-Colombians off theirnland to make way for palm oil plantations and other developments favored by foreign multinationals and investors.