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September 10 | International Day Against WTO and Free Trade Agreements

September 10

On the 10th of September 2003, while protesting outside the WTO ministerial in Cancun, Mexico, farmer Lee Kyung Hae sacrificed his life by stabbing himself. That tragic incident exposed the destructive effects of WTO on the lives of millions of peasants globally. [ Recommended reading: The Guardian article about Lee Kyung Hae ]

In memory of farmer Lee and the continuing struggles of peasants in resisting the neo-liberal agenda of WTO, La Via Campesina marks September 10 as the International Day Against WTO and Free Trade Agreements.

Every year, around the world members of La Via Campesina and allies mobilise and hold demonstrations against WTO and free trade agreements and keep the sacrifice of Lee Kyung Hae alive. The meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Bali in October 2018 will also be an opportunity to mobilize to denounce the impact of neoliberal policies on the peasantry of the world

Watch this space, as we will soon be announcing the planned actions and mobilisations of 2018 very soon.

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