Monday, July 21, 2008

Protesters demonstrate against Pacific Northwest Economic Region Summit

VANCOUVER — A handful of protesters armed with pots and pans staged a loud demonstration outside a political trade meeting in Vancouver Sunday.

The Pacific Northwest Economic Region Summit brings together politicians and business representatives from across western North America to discuss issues like cross-border trade, long-term sustainability and transportation for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics.

The group of about 20 people waved placards and made noise outside the posh hotel where the summit was taking place.

Rally organizer Cynthia Oka said the summit was organized in a secretive manner with no public input for those most affected by the policies being discussed.

"Part of our objective in having these public rallies is to raise awareness about what's happening when these things are taking place," she said. "We'll try in various ways to disrupt the agenda, to protest it, to educate other people about it."

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