Wednesday, June 16, 2010

N30 After Affects and Reprecussions

It's been awhile since I have done a post here. I have been trying to track down more information and find time to actually write something here. After all I did say this was a secondary blog for me.

The Seattle WTO protests or N30 as it became to be known was a turning point in protests the world over. Mistakes were made by the city and state in planning and implementation. One key mistake was ignoring what was being said on the internet at the time. The internet was looked upon by most in law enforcement as nothing that big. In fact, anarchists were using it to co-ordinate and plan actions months in advance of the protest. As well when the protests were actually in full swing the Seattle PD didn't have a clear plan of action for what to do and how to respond.

About 9 months after the incidents during N30 a report was issued by the city on what went wrong. Planning was at fault on more levels then just the police. From the mayors office down there were break downs in communication, planning, and expectations. The whole up shot was that the WTO conference ended up costing twice as much, and property damage in many areas exceeded $20 million dollars.

Dealing with the protest by the law enforcement and city was a failure. The anarchists, protesters, and anti-globalization crowd considered the whole event a total success. They got their message out and it was now a common topic in the media and politically.

Further protests at WTO meetings in democratic areas seemed to escalate each time they were done. The next big one was Montreal in the fall of 2000 for the G20 meeting.

(this will be updated with the Montreal protests when I can find for info. Needle in a hay stack approach)

Protests started erupting all over the world when ever nation leaders got together to discuss foreign economic policy. The anti-globalization movement seemed to think that these meetings were bad. I can't say much about where they learned their information from. I do know that they hadn't read any Keynes or Adam Smith economic papers.

Cities and governments started taking stringent security measures leading up to summit meetings. After what happened in Seattle, security barriers are now the norm at all summits. In fact, protesters have complained about this. I know silly really. You go out and create mayhem and damage and then complain when that activity is restricted. Go figure.

So lets just give a run down on anti-globalization protests here.
Seattle November 30, 1999 (WTO)
Washington DC April 2000 (A16)
Montreal October 23, 2000 (G8/G20)
Quebec City April 20 2001 (Summit of the Americas)
Genoa July 2001 (G8/G20)
Mar del Plata November 2005 (Summit of the Americas)
Honk Kong December 2005 (WTO)
London April 2009 (G8/G20)
Pittsburgh September 2009 (G20)

And now we are approaching the G8/G20 here in Toronto Canada. Things are heating up and will be interesting.

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