Protests Embolden TPP Delegates To Resist Controversial American Proposals

Boisterous protests outside the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Salt Lake may not have much influence on the U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, but they are drawing interest from some of the 11 other delegations. It appears that the growing American domestic opposition to the TPP could be bolstering attempts by some nations to stand up to ‘bullying’ by the U.S. Trade Representative. During protests outside the Grand American Hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday, where talks are taking place, a number of delegates including some Latin American nations and Japan came out of the Grand American Hotel to watch the protests and take photos. A few delegates spoke with protest organizers, expressing gratitude and complained that the language of the TPP is a creation of the USTR being forced on the other nations. "The delegates I spoke to expressed gratitude for our work and affinity for our concerns about replacing human rights with investor rights," said Bill Moyer, executive director of the Backbone Campaign.

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