Source: TPP formally signed in New Zealand as mass protest paralyzes Auckland (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT News
The TPP agreement, hailed as the “biggest trade deal in a generation,” was signed in a ceremony attended by ministers from the 12 Pacific Rim countries at Auckland’s Sky City Casino, to the dislike of hundreds of protesters.
Another large group sat down at the end of Hobson Street, blocking entrances and exits to the southern and north-western motorway, while another group stopped traffic at the Fanshawe Street entrance and exit to the Northern Motorway. Police have warned demonstrators to move out or face arrests but have refrained from coercive action.
The signing of the TPP went ahead anyways, to the uproar of a crowd of more than 1,000 people. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he is “delighted” with the deal, telling the attendees that the agreement “will enhance the prosperity of our people.”
“New Zealand is proud to be involved in this whole process… I want to acknowledge the courage and vision of my fellow TPP leaders,” he said.
READ MORE: TPP ‘fundamentally flawed,’ should be resisted – UN human rights expert
Earlier this week, acknowledging global opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because of the agreement’s “undemocratic pedigree,“Alfred de Zayas, the UN’s independent expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, said the trade agreement “is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of States.”
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#NoToTPP ….. do not complete the deal!!
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