Hundreds marched in Lima, starting in the Campo de Marte, on Friday, in protest of the recently approved Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Social organizations, political parties, among other associations, said that the agreement would have an “enormous negative impact on the future” of Peru, according to El Comercio.
“This march is informative, because this treaty was negotiated by countries in secret and behind our backs, the most affected,” said a mobilizing leader in Lima, according to Telesur.
Protesters in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Peru and the United States argued that, “they see the TPP as the most dangerous commercial agreement that has ever been signed in history because it threatens the national sovereignty, access to medicine, the internet, healthy food and a clean environment,” reports El Comercio.
On the other hand, the TPP’s supporters claim that the agreement cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards, among other actions that seek to encourage trade and revive the world economy—thus reducing poverty in Peru.
“This partnership levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes that various countries put on our products,” said United States President Barack Obama in a statement shortly after the signing, according to Yahoo news.
Chilean protesters have denounced the TPP and affirmed that they will continue mobilizing every month until Congress rejects the treaty.
What do you think Living in Peru readers? Will it reduce poverty in Peru?