At least 100 people have been arrested in Brussels, where hundreds more protested against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an impending free trade deal between the US and the EU, as the next round of TTIP talks approaches.
Roads were paralyzed in the Belgian capital as a force of more than 600 activists descended on EU headquarters, blocking traffic and the venue of the EU leaders summit in protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
People carried signs and chanted slogans such as “Stop TTIP, stop austerity” and “Sorry for the inconvenience. We’re trying to save the world,” at the march in Brussels on Thursday. “
A group of 150 demonstrators approached police barracks at the Commission’s buildings, of Parliament and the European Council, where EU lawmakers were meeting to discuss the migration crisis in Europe. To stop the crowd from disturbing the work of the politicians, the security forces carried out 105 arrests. The activists were later released. “The aim was to prevent the blocking of the entry of European leaders at the summit,” Brussels police spokesman Christian De Coninck said.
TTIP is aimed at creating the largest free trade zone in the world by reducing barriers to trade between the US and the European Union (EU). The agreement, which is now being negotiated in secrecy, would affect a number of areas including banking regulations, food standards and environmental laws.