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This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000)

A filmed account of the street protests against the World Trade Organization Summit in Seattle, Washington, USA in 1999.

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This film, shot by 100 amateur camera operators, tells the story of the enormous street protests in Seattle, Washington in November 1999, against the World Trade Organization summit being held there. Vowing to oppose, among other faults, the WTO's power to arbitrally overrule nations' environmental, social and labour policies in favour of unbridled corporate greed, protestors from all around came out in force to make their views known and stop the summit. Against them is a brutal police force and a hostile media as well as the stain of a minority of destructively overzealous comrades. Against all odds, the protesters bravely faced fierce opposition to take back the rightful democratic power that the political and corporate elite of the world is determined to deny the little people. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Remarkable Footage Of "The Battle of Seattle"
28 November 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

For those people who wonder what the 1999 protests of the World Trade Organization was all about, this movie explains the rationale for the protests and a day to day video account of the events. The Independent Media Center has edited over 100 hours of video footage into these 80 minutes and remarkably covers a good deal of ground. It was stunning to see the Seattle police become increasingly aggressive when dealing with the protesters. At the showing I attended, the audience audibly gasped when one police officer pulled a protester's hood off so that he could spray some kind of tear gas-like chemical into her face more easily. If you like documentaries, particularly those by Michael Moore, don't miss this one.

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