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Belgium: 40 detained as protesters shower TTIP negotiators with glitter in Brussels01:36

Belgium: 40 detained as protesters shower TTIP negotiators with glitter in Brussels

Belgium, Brussels
July 14, 2016 at 11:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 200 protestors demonstrating against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) blocked entrances to the Albert Borschette Confrence Centre in Brussels Thursday morning, where the 14th round of talks on the EU-US trade deal are being held. The police detained at least forty people and were forced to suspend traffic on Rue Froissart and Avenue du Maelbeek by the site.

Demonstrators showered arriving negotiators with confetti and glitter, obstructing the entrance to the conference centre while banging drums, chanting and holding banners. Martin Guerard, an anti-TTIP activist, called the trade deal “an anti-democratic treaty” and an “economic catastrophe” that would mean “thousands of jobs will disappear in Europe and the USA.”

Over 100 negotiators have been gathered in Brussels since Monday for the five day conference which aims to cover the three main parts of the treaty, namely market access, regulatory cooperation, as well as export and import specifications.

Belgium: 40 detained as protesters shower TTIP negotiators with glitter in Brussels01:36
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Around 200 protestors demonstrating against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) blocked entrances to the Albert Borschette Confrence Centre in Brussels Thursday morning, where the 14th round of talks on the EU-US trade deal are being held. The police detained at least forty people and were forced to suspend traffic on Rue Froissart and Avenue du Maelbeek by the site.

Demonstrators showered arriving negotiators with confetti and glitter, obstructing the entrance to the conference centre while banging drums, chanting and holding banners. Martin Guerard, an anti-TTIP activist, called the trade deal “an anti-democratic treaty” and an “economic catastrophe” that would mean “thousands of jobs will disappear in Europe and the USA.”

Over 100 negotiators have been gathered in Brussels since Monday for the five day conference which aims to cover the three main parts of the treaty, namely market access, regulatory cooperation, as well as export and import specifications.

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