PPRC Friday Rally and March Joins Links Corporate Globalization to US
Militarization, Marks Bhopal Massacre and FTAA Miami Police State
Event: PPRC Friday Rally and March Links Corporate Globalization to US
Militarization, Marks Bhopal Massacre and FTAA Miami Police State.
Date: Friday, December 5th, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition 5:00 p.m. Friday rally and
for peace at Pioneer Courthouse Square returns to the issue of
globalization and the link with the sharp rise of US militarism
"The US military presence abroad has been the enforcer imposing a
development model that has devastated much of the world," said Marcia
Meyers, a PPRC volunteer who has just returned from the FTAA protests
Miami. "That militarism is now careening across the globe, with the
attacks cynically used as justification for wars on Afghanistan and
and today it can be seen targeting the peace and justice movement here
the US through the miitarization of our domestic police forces."
cited the use of millions of dollars slated for the so-called "war on
terror" that went into equipping Florida police departments for the
meetings last month.
"Peaceful protestors were confronted with tanks, armored vehicles of a
familiar in police states like Chile under Pinochet," said Myers, "and
massive military mobilization was directed solely to crush domestic
against these unfair and destructive investor-rights agreements."
described how hundreds of people who had gathered to march peacefully
against the FTAA meetings were herded into fenced-off areas and
with pepper spray and night sticks. "If a journalist was not
with the police, they became targets for assault and arrest by the
said Meyers. "I witnessed in Miami what so many people in countries
Indonesia and Guatemala have experienced for the last four decades
The Friday rally and march will also mark the twentieth anniversary of
Bhopal disaster that took place on December 3rd, 1984. "Union Carbide
still not been held accountable for the deaths of over 20,000 people
resulting from the release of 27 tons of poison gas from their plant in
Bhopal," said Jodie Heatlie, another PPRC volunteer. "We’re supporting
campaign to force Dow-Union Carbide to pay for the care of tens of
who continue to suffer from their criminal negligence."
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