Protesters raid venue of TPP talks in Atlanta, several arrests

On the first of October, another round of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade talks began at the Westin hotel in Atlanta GA. In the morning, a dozen protesters entered the lobby chanting"Stop the TPP! No corporate greed." Security demanded they leave, several refused and were arrested. One of the arrestees was wearing a T-shirt reading ""I HAVE CANCER. I CAN'T WAIT 8 YEARS" referring to the "TPP Death Sentence," a US proposal to extend patents on biologic drugs such as some cancer treatments for 8 years.

Some believe the talks are unlikely to produce a finished treaty because the fast-track authorization Obama rammed though Congress included a number of restrictions on what could be in the deal that negotiators complain will make it difficult to make compromises over sticking points over multiple indistries.

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