CAMPAIGNERS in Manchester are staging a “funeral for democracy” today as the European Union continues its bid to sell out popular sovereignty to transnational corporations.
Stop TTIP Manchester is holding its protest in solidarity with Wallonia, Belgium, which is standing up to the combined might of Canada and the EU to derail free trade deal Ceta.
Both US-EU pact TTIP and EU-Canada treaty Ceta would give companies the right to sue governments for theoretical loss of profits if they take action to defend their economies.
Stop TTIP Manchester’s Rowan Mataram said: “In Manchester we love trade. We live in a city founded upon trade.
“Why any government would want to sign up to an agreement that allows businesses to sue governments is beyond me.”
He said campaigners will be “mourning the death of democracy” if the EU pushes through Ceta from 8am in a procession from Piccadilly Gardens to St Anne’s Square.