Argentina March

Cold Reception for ‘Fortunate Son’ at Trade Summit

Thousands gathered at the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina on November 4th to protest the presence of George W. Bush and his free trade agenda. Activists, along with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, vociferously rejected any U.S. free trade plans for the region as they believed such policies facilitate corporate exploitation. As an alternative, they advocated for a people-oriented trade block among progressive Latin American governments.

"The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) doesn´t seem like something that will help Argentina," explained 62 year old Betti Cruz, a member of the leftist Peronist political party, Barrios del Pie. "I run a food kitchen and see everyday how these policies of free trade are hurting the poor more and more."