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In addition to protesting the free trade agreement, the “20 Years of NAFTA is Enough” march in Mexico City in Feb. 2014 also protested the privatizing, neoliberal “reforms” of the U.S.-backed Peña Nieto administration, with banners bearing images of Mexican Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata and messages like “Pemex is not for sale” and “Teachers and the public united will never be defeated” lining the sidewalks.
Members of the National Coordinating Committee for the Plan de Ayala Movement march. Their International Campaign for Liberty and Justice includes demands for fair pay for workers, respect for the natural resources of small towns, and the release of political prisoners. They have joined with other small-scale farming organizations to demand that corn and beans be left out of NAFTA’s agricultural chapter.
In the February 2014 march against 20 years of NAFTA, representatives of the Authentic Labor Front carried a sign that read “20 years of an economic and social nightmare…20 years of exploitation, theft, and plunder…enough is enough! No more NAFTA—no to the TPP! No to the Energy Reform, no to structural reforms!”
The international delegation from the Multisector Tri-national Forum, made up of citizens from Mexico, the U.S., Canada, and Quebec, marched through downtown Mexico City in the February 2014 march against 20 years of NAFTA. Representatives were present from labor unions, women’s organizations, and small-scale farming, environmental and human rights groups.
The February 2014 “20 Years of NAFTA is Enough” march culminated with an awe-inspiring gathering of thousands of protesters in Mexico City’s Constitution Square.
Two decades of high costs for Mexico’s agriculture, economy, families, and environment
Trade flows, US exports & FDI to Mexico, and trade deficit under NAFTA
Want to read more about the negative implications of NAFTA? Witness for Peace recommends these resources:
What it’ll take to renegotiate NAFTA by The Washington Post
NAFTA Legacy: Mexico’s Lost Opportunity by Public Citizen’s Blog on Globalization and Trade
NAFTA Plan Does Not Describe Promised Transformation of NAFTA to Prioritize Working People by Public Citizen’s Blog on Globalization and Trade