OAS Protest in Windsor

Windsor, Ontario

June 16, 2000


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OAS Protest In Windsor
OAS Protest In Windsor
dated June 15, 2000
OAS Protest In Windsor
Windsor, Ontario
June 4, 2000

       Over three thousand social justice protestors turned out in Windsor to bring a message to the leaders of the Organization of American States. After hearing speeches from nationally renowned activists for health care and social activists, the demonstrators paraded peacefully to the site of the OAS conference in downtown Windsor, through a corridor of armed, riot-equipped police.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National president

      "I am pleased to be here today as the president of the Canadian Auto Workers union to use the occasion of this meeting of the Organization of American States to once more highlight the undemocratic nature of what's happening in the economies of our world. More and more and more we are turning over the power of elected governments on behalf of the people to the corporate, un-elected people on behalf of the shareholders. This has to stop brothers and sisters."

       Two blocks in the heart of the city where the OAS conference was being held had been turned into an armed camp.
       Speaker after speaker urged the OAS officials to put human, social and labour rights on the table instead of following the free trade agenda of the multi-national corporations.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National president

      "We are producing so much more wealth today than at any other time in the history of this hemisphere, why is it that so many more kids are living in poverty, so many more people are living on the streets. These are the things that have to get on the agenda. The people's agenda. The agenda of social justice. Keep up the struggle brothers and sisters."

       The only incident during the demonstration that brought a police response involved the hanging of a banner. Police moved in along the fence. Demonstration organizers formed a shield between them and the demonstrators.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National president

      "We could have saved the taxpayers a lot of money if they had simply let the labour council conduct the business. We could have had a peaceful demonstration as we have had time and time again in this city and in this province over the last several years."

      Once the speeches were over, the crowd dispersed, leaving the massed police forces with little to do.

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