The N30 WTO protests in Seattle was and still is a defining moment in the people's history, when thousands of determined and organized activists shut down the WTO meetings with their defiant and brave acts of civil disobedience. The 5 days of resistance by ordinary folks, which included workers, students, activists, anarchists and environmentalists, electrified and inspired activists who were there, and all over the world. Despite the brutal repression by the Seattle police, who attacked the non-violent protestors in the streets with tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and batons, Seattle was a huge victory for the people against the neoliberal, globalization agenda of the corporate elites.
The march and rally on Saturday, December 5, was organized to commemorate this momentous protest 10 years ago. About 700-1,000 people showed up, a lot of them workers anxious about losing their jobs or benefits, students concerned about the rising tuition increases and the lack of jobs when they graduate, and just about everyone there was mad as hell about Obama's decision to escalate the war on Afghanistan, the bailout of corporate crooks who have ruined our country and economy, and the lack of decent health care coverage, jobs and education. Many were also clearly disgusted with Obama, whose policies and actions so far have betrayed those who supported him and believed in his promise for "change."
Of course, the march and rally on Dec. 5 was nothing compared to N30 in Seattle. There may not be another Seattle in the near future, despite our longing for one. For those of us who were there, we will never forget what happened in the streets of Seattle. All we can do is to keep alive that spirit of resistance and defiance, and keep fighting for "another world" without corporate dominance, injustice, wars without end, and for life that's worth living.