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Anti-TPP Protesters Clash with Riot Police in Chile

IN PICTURES: Protesters called on Chile and its trading partners to keep the TPP dead and buried.

Riot police clashed with protesters Tuesday in the Chilean coastal town Viña Del Mar, where representatives of the 11 remaining member states of the Trans Pacific Partnership together with China, Colombia and South Korea met to discuss trade in the Asia-Pacific region and the new outlook for economic cooperation after the United States’ exit from the TPP.

Local social movements staged protests to pressure decision makers to steer away from breathing life back into the TPP, harshly criticized around the globe as a disaster for democracy, jobs, food security, affordable health care and the environment.

Activists took to Twitter to denounce the treatment they received, charging that they were unreasonably attacked with tear gas by the police force, and once dispersed they were arrested without justification. 

On Wednesday, participating countries wrapped up the meeting, announcing that they had discussed "a way forward that would advance economic integration in the Asia Pacific." They did not spell out what such economic integration would look like. 

teleSUR takes a look at how anti-TPP protesters faced off against riot police in Viña Del Mar to say "No" to a trade policy that puts profits before people. 

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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the meeting of the "Alianza del Pacifico" (Pacific Alliance) in Vina del Mar, Chile, March 14, 2017.
Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against the meeting of the "Alianza del Pacifico" (Pacific Alliance) in Vina del Mar, Chile, March 14, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators confront riot police as they march against the TPP.
Demonstrators confront riot police as they march against the TPP. Photo:EFE
Demonstrators carry a placard that reads, "The TPP threatens human rights."
Demonstrators carry a placard that reads, "The TPP threatens human rights." Photo:Reuters
Protesters carry a sign that reads, "TPP Rest in peace."
Protesters carry a sign that reads, "TPP Rest in peace." Photo:Reuters
Riot police spray demonstrators using a water cannon during a protest against the meeting of the "Alianza del Pacifico" (Pacific Alliance) in Vina del Mar, Chile.
Riot police spray demonstrators using a water cannon during a protest against the meeting of the "Alianza del Pacifico" (Pacific Alliance) in Vina del Mar, Chile. Photo:Reuters
Representatives of the 11 remaining countries in the TPP together with China, Colombia and South Korea, met in Chile for a two-day economic integration summit focused on the Asia Pacific.
Representatives of the 11 remaining countries in the TPP together with China, Colombia and South Korea, met in Chile for a two-day economic integration summit focused on the Asia Pacific. Photo:EFE
The TPP has faced repeated protests in Chile.
The TPP has faced repeated protests in Chile. Photo:EFE
Ahead of the summit, over 200 social organizations penned an open letter to trade ministers attending the meeting in Chile, stressing that the dangers the TPP represented are proof it should not be upheld as a model for negotiating future trade deals.
Ahead of the summit, over 200 social organizations penned an open letter to trade ministers attending the meeting in Chile, stressing that the dangers the TPP represented are proof it should not be upheld as a model for negotiating future trade deals. Photo:EFE
Protesters argued that Chile is better off without the TPP and similar free trade deals.
Protesters argued that Chile is better off without the TPP and similar free trade deals. Photo:EFE
Riot police detain a demonstrator during protests against the TPP in Viña del Mar, Chile, March 14, 2017.
Riot police detain a demonstrator during protests against the TPP in Viña del Mar, Chile, March 14, 2017. Photo:EFE
Local activists are also concerned that trade policy could be headed in a worrying direction in the footsteps of the TPP, even if the deal itself is not resuscitated.
Local activists are also concerned that trade policy could be headed in a worrying direction in the footsteps of the TPP, even if the deal itself is not resuscitated. Photo:EFE
Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz described the meeting as an "important political signal in moments of uncertainty," calling for "greater clarity" as the country continues to pursue a "more open, more free" trade policy with "less protectionism."
Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz described the meeting as an "important political signal in moments of uncertainty," calling for "greater clarity" as the country continues to pursue a "more open, more free" trade policy with "less protectionism." Photo:EFE
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