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Hundreds of APEC protesters take to the streets

November 17, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Associated Press - A few hundred protesters marched in Waikiki last weekend as leaders of Pacific Rim nations gathered for a summit to discuss free trade agreements and other issues.

People pounded on drums and chanted slogans as they peacefully walked on sidewalks from a Honolulu park to reach the center of Waikiki.

They stopped at the edge of a fence blocking off a security zone protecting delegates to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting. President Barack Obama, other heads of state and corporate CEOs had meetings all day on the other side of the temporary wall.

"Hey APEC listen up, 99 are rising up," they shouted, in reference to the idea that the richest 1 percent of the U.S. population are benefiting from the current economy while the remainder are losing. According to its Website, www.apec.org, APEC is "the premiere Asia-Pacific economic forum [with a] primary goal to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region." APEC has 21 member economies. The word "economies" is used to describe APEC members, because the APEC cooperative process is predominantly concerned with trade and economic issues, with members engaging with one another as economic entities.

 
 
 

 

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