SOC 1100 Lecture Notes - Pierre Pettigrew, Free Trade Area Of The Americas, Riot Control

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This film (set in quebec city on april 20th 2001) at the summit of the americas, covers a meeting of the leaders of 34 north, central and south american countries who are negotiating the free trade agreement of the. In even more detail, the film deals with the protesters who attempt to shut down the meetings. Fearing violence, the police barricade the area around the conference centre and prepare for the worst with tear gas and riot gear. Participants and media representatives are screened carefully before they are allowed into the meeting area and go through metal detectors inside. Outside the barricades, some 30,000 protesters calling themselves the peoples" summit challenge the authorities, demanding access to the ftaa texts -- hoping to use these to discredit the negotiation process. There are people on both sides (among the police and leaders of the protesters) who try to maintain order and avoid violence.

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