Magazine article New Internationalist

Brazilians Say No

Magazine article New Internationalist

Brazilians Say No

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Approximately 98 per cent of the 10.1 million people who responded to a survey conducted at the beginning of September in 3,894 municipalities throughout Brazil gave a resounding `no' to the question: `Should the Brazilian Government sign the FTAA treaty?'

The treaty was proposed by the United States and is slated to be ready for ratification in 2004. Furthermore, 95 per cent of the voters indicated that Brazil should not even `continue participating in the FTAA negotiations,' in response to the second question put forth in what the organizers dubbed a `people's plebiscite'.

The plebiscite co-ordinators - Brazil's National Bishops Conference (CNOB), the Movimento Sem Terra (Movement of Landless Workers), Central Union of Workers and other groups - had hoped for at least six million voters to take part in the `consultation'. …

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