A filmed account of the street protests against the World Trade Organization Summit in Seattle, Washington, USA in 1999.A filmed account of the street protests against the World Trade Organization Summit in Seattle, Washington, USA in 1999.A filmed account of the street protests against the World Trade Organization Summit in Seattle, Washington, USA in 1999.
For those who hate this obviously one-sided film and want a 'balanced' view, well, you can get it through the 'balanced' mainstream media, 24 hours a day, every day. And if you really believe the mainstream media offer a 'balanced' view of anything, then I have to ask: how's that famous bridge in New York you bought last year?
In this film, we see the media wildly MISreport the events on the ground. Masses of people -- young and old -- were protesting against the rapacious methods of the WTO and the erosion of democracy in the U.S. (and, for that matter, in 'democratic countries around the world). The media, meanwhile, were telling people about 'unruly mobs' taking over the streets of Seattle. They totally misrepresented what was actually happening, which is what they routinely do when it comes to actions against the state.
There are many millions of people around the world who suffer and die every day because of the DELIBERATE policies of the faceless mega-corporations under the umbrella of the WTO. That used to be called evil; now it's deemed part of government 'policy'.
America was FOUNDED on mass protest, dissent and the fight for freedom of speech and assembly. These historically embedded constitutional rights are now simply ignored, on a daily basis, by politicians and the transnational corporations that control them.
Intellectual numbness has replaced critical thought across the world today. Things like brainless 'reality' shows, mindless video games and the celebration of celebrities are more important than the rape of the world by a select few.
Kudos to the filmmakers and to all the very brave young and old people who stood up (and continue to stand up) to fight for the human rights of people everywhere.
- Dec 2, 2007