Activists in Andover will be taking to the streets today (Saturday 22nd August) to raise awareness of “a secretive deal with the USA that is set to give more power to big corporations”.
The day of action in Andover Town Centre is part of a nationwide effort coordinated by independent campaign group 38 Degrees. It will see local campaigners talk to people about the the deal, and how it might affect their lives.
Campaigners say the deal could force NHS trusts across the country to open up to American private healthcare providers, and could allow big businesses to sue the government if British laws dent their profits.
Volunteers are at the rear of the Guildhall, joining thousands of other people who are also taking action across the UK. They’re calling on people to sign the petition against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which will be delivered to politicians in October.
Dean Marriner, a 38 Degrees member from Andover said “‘TTIP could affect every part of our lives. It will threaten the NHS, water-down environmental protections and lower food safety standards to American levels. It is an assault on democracy that the public are continually kept in the dark with TTIP and that’s why I will be on the high-street this weekend.”
Amy Lockwood, campaigner at 38 Degrees said “This Saturday, 38 Degrees members in Andover will be pushing TTIP, the dangerous trade deal, out of secret negotiating rooms and into the public spotlight.”
The EU-wide petition against TTIP has almost reached 2.5 million signatures. It can be found at www.38degrees.org.uk/ttip.