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MOVEMENT AGAINST THE FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS

MOVEMENT AGAINST THE FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS

MEDIA ADVISORY & PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

For Immediate Release 7/19/07
Contact: Marta Hauze, Movement for Peace in Colombia (347) 668-4210

Vampire-in-Chief Bush to Bleed Peru, South Korea, Colombia, and Panama Dry with Free Trade Agreements

at Colombian Independence Festival

Pro-Free Trade Colombian President to Speak at Festival

Who: Activists from the Movement Against the Free Trade Agreements, the NYC People's Referendum on Free

Trade, the Movement for Peace in Colombia, Wetlands Activism Collective, Global Justice for Animals, Koreans Against War and Neoliberalism and other groups.

What: Global justice activists will perform street theater to warn attendees of the Colombian Independence Day

festival of four free trade agreements being aggressively pushed by the Bush administration. President Bush, portrayed as a vampire wearing a cloak of corporate logos and a tie that reads "Free Trade Agreements" and standing over the blood-drained corpse of North America will drain the last life from Central America and the Dominican Republic with DR-CAFTA -- while Costa Rica observes this grisly scene and escapes. Bush will next recruit the presidents of Peru, Panama, North Korea, and Colombia, to woo their respective republics to be his next victim. But the republics will be rescued by La Gente (the people) --- a superhero who will reveal the ugly truth of free trade. The nations will turn their national flags into stakes to ward off the Bush vampire, while the superhero gives them garlic from her utility belt to chase Bush away.

When: Sunday, July 22, 1:30 PM

Where: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Take the 7 train to Willetts Point - Shea Stadium (walk towards the park entrance). 2 blocks from train station.

Why: Activists argue that free trade agreements harm the environment, workers, small farmers, people with AIDS, animals, and economies in the US and our trading partners while benefiting big corporations. The Bush administration is pushing trade deals with Panama, Peru, South Korea, and Colombia. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who will be attending the festival, is a strong advocate of a free trade agreement between the United States and his country.

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For a first hand account and photos from this protest, click here.