Stuart Lawrence stuartwl at walrus.com
Thu Apr 12 22:49:37 MDT 2001

----- Original Message -----
From: "George Snedeker" <snedeker at concentric.net>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2001 21:15
Subject: FTAA

> As many of you know, in ten days thousands will descend upon Quebec city to
> protest the FTAA meetings between 34 Western Hemisphere nations.

This is a huge mobilization and one of the big unknowns is what will happen at
the US-Canada border as US activists try to make their way to Quebec City.  It's
interesting to consider the factors that might dictate the official response.
Excluding protesters would probably result in the disruption of the border
across a wide area, stretching the resources of Canadian border officials and
police and possibly shifting the burden to US authorities. Some anti-FTAA
protesters are planning to cross the border where it straddles Mohawk land,
linking the FTAA struggle with longstanding efforts to defend Mohawk
sovereignty. If the threatened tightening of the border turns out to have been
mainly a bluff aimed at discouraging attempts to reach Quebec, it might be
because a total border shutdown would be too disruptive and difficult to repress
compared to protest in Quebec kept safely behind the 4-meter high security
perimeter guarded by thousands of cops.


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