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N30 1999: “O dia em que a paisagem política mudou para sempre”
Um evento da #JanelaClimatica

N30: “O dia em que a paisagem política mudou para sempre”, foi como Fritjof Capra se refere a eventos de N30, Terça-feira 30 de novembro de 1999. O dia na cidade americana de Seattle, onde ativistas globais do eco, paz e justiça se uniram e conseguiram fechar o primeiras negociações da OMC. Foi também o dia em que a rede indymedia nasceu. Feliz IMC de aniversário do mundo ..


Evento: https://www.facebook.com/events/920686958017937/

Evento em a Bicicletaria Cultural
Rua Presidente Faria, 226 Centro
2a-Feira, Nov 30 2015 : 17-19.30h
Secunda dia do #JanelaClimatica 2015 em Curitiba: N29-D12
Com: Bicicletaria, Curitiba Pelo Clima, Ecocity Group, Indymedia, Climate Games

“Não estamos lutando pela natureza. Somos a natureza se defendendo a si mesma”

Links: http://brasil.indymedia.org/  + http://www.midiaindependente.org/ + http://indymedia.org/ +
Centro de Mídia Independente (Wikipedia)

n30 2015

The day the political landscape changed forever, was how Fritjof Capra referred to events of N30, Tuesday 30th of November 1999, in his book The Hidden Connections. He was referring to the day when 1000´s of global justice activists came together and succeeded in shutting down the first WTO talks in the US using (mostly) non violent direct actions (NVDA) in the north western US city of Seattle. This was the event which brought the “globalisation” debate to the mainstream. It has been misleadingly described as anti-globalisation, what it should be accurately described as is anti corporate globalisation.

(post copied over from an irish eco dude in Brazil)

Another very well respected ecologist, Paul Hawken, participated in the lead up before this day and in the actions on the day itself and then wrote an article about his experiences entitled, N30 What Skeleton Woman Told the WTO in Seattle in which he stated:

“When I was able to open my eyes, I saw lying next to me a young man, 19, maybe 20 at the oldest. He was in shock, twitching and shivering uncontrollably from being tear-gassed and pepper-sprayed at close range. His burned eyes were tightly closed, and he was panting irregularly. Then he passed out. He went from excruciating pain to unconsciousness on a sidewalk wet from the water that a medic had poured over him to flush his eyes — like a young boy in bed.

Police said that they were not prepared for the level of violence, but in fact they were unprepared for a network of non-violent protestors totally committed to one task — shutting down the WTO.

If the world could vote on the WTO, would it pass? Not one country of the 135-member states of the WTO has held a plebiscite to see if their people support this concept.”

A thing born once in Seattle amidst tear gas and protest…

Many things grew out of those days in Seattle, one of them has grown from strength to strength and is perhaps the best metaphor like tool we can use to understand the new ways of doing things: Networking, building up and using efficient, open and honest tools of communication: Indymedia. The bi lingual film “i“ or ”Eye of the storm”, made by IMC-Argentina, is a beautiful film which shows the birth and growth and magic of “a global network” . It focuses on the rise of Indymedia and how participative media grew during the economic and social crisis in Argentina. (also viewable on ClipShack and Dailymotion)


Network Age – the rise of intereconnected nodes in a global system of open, non hierarchical, non corporate, participatory communication.

A second film “Globalisation and the media“, made by Undercurrents, focuses on the reasons behind the construction of the open source participative media platform that is Indymedia and its effectiveness in giving “passionate and honest tellings of truth”. The film also shows the Italian states vicious attack of the Italian IMC centre during the G8 protests in Genoa 2002

From the streets to big screen

The story of the Seattle protests has now been turned into a fictionalized film featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars; Battle of Seattle. The film´s writer and director is Irish actor Stuart Townsend and due to this the world premiere happened in Ireland in February this year. A full review was written on IMC-IE; Battle in Seattle- Anti-Capititalism on the Big Screen which concluded: Is this film worth going to see? Definitely.

MV5BMjAyMzQ2MDE3OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTY3Mjg2MQ@@._V1_SX214_On the days leading up to its US premiere, Democracy Now! spoke to Stuart Townsend, as well as David Solnit, one of the key organizers of the WTO protests and co-founder of the Seattle WTO People’s History Project found at realbattleinseattle.org, below are just a few of their comments. the film is currently showing in Barcelona and a visit has been organised as part of the GEF 08, the first Global Eco Forum.

DAVID SOLNIT: The concerns were around portrayal of activists, including the Global South movements, which were sort of out inspiration and we were playing catch-up to

DAVID SOLNIT: I think key to it was the fact that there was nine months or a year of grassroots mobilization, and key to that is that there was decades of movement-building leading up to it. And in analyzing what made that shutdown work, some of us have extracted some key elements, which were that there was a clear what and why logic to the shutdown, that there was a huge amount of alliance-building, grassroots organizing, mass organization and mass trainings, and that it was decentralized. There was no one group or leader that could be taken out and stop it.

STUART TOWNSEND: One thing that’s happened is, since Seattle, because of Seattle’s success, you know, it’s very hard now to actually protest, have real dissent, because there’s two-mile exclusion zones.

(Ironically enough, the end comment of pre-emptive strikes against protestors in the US has now extended to journalists and DN! host Amy Goodman and 2 of her team and a host of I-Witness media activists were arrested at the recent Republican Convention)

Watch “Battle of Seattle” film trailer here

Real coverage of N30


This is what Democracy looks like is a report back from Sharma, just one of the many who was on the streets.


– DN! coverage from those days in Seattle: November 30, 1999

The Streets of Seattle, An audio documentary looking back at the events of Nov 30, 1999. ( Bruderhof Radio & Seattle Indymedia 28mins)

Film: This Is What Democracy Looks Like

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

This film, shot by 100 amateur camera operators, tells the story of the enormous street protests in Seattle, Washington in November 1999, against the World Trade Organization summit being held there. Vowing to oppose, among other faults, the WTO’s power to arbitrally overrule nations’ environmental, social and labour policies in favour of unbridled corporate greed, protestors from all around came out in force to make their views known and stop the summit. Against them is a brutal police force and a hostile media as well as the stain of a minority of destructively overzealous comrades. Against all odds, the protesters bravely faced fierce opposition to take back the rightful democratic power that the political and corporate elite of the world is determined to deny the little people.

“The documentary, like the protest, turns Art into Action.” – The Village Voice

The Seattle IMC made their own film after N30 entitled Showdown in Seattle and they should be watched to get a fuller picture. The film has been broken into 5 parts and is stored on Archive.org

Pt 1 – Seattle Prelude
Pt 2 – People Unite Police Riot
Pt 3 – Occuppied Seattle
Pt 4 – Unwilling Cautives
Pt 5 – What Democracy Looks Like

The film was realised with help from:

Independent Media Centre/Whispered Media/Deep Dish TV/Paper Tiger/Big Noise Films

(This post was originally posted on Its a Funny Old World here)

Related: N30 + 10 years – Remembering and celebrating “The day the political landscape changed forever” (2009)


To finish, a bit of music..

Jim Page – Didn’t We

November 30th, ’99
history walkin’ on a tightrope line
big money pullin’ on invisible strings
gettin’ into everything
so deep, it’s hard to believe
it’s in the food and the water and the air you breath
and the chemistry, the bio-tech
the banker with the bottomless check
the corporations and the CEO’s
and the bottom line is the profit grows
the money talks, you don’t talk back
they don’t like it when you act like that

but didn’t we
shut it down
didn’t we

November 30th, ’99
it was a Tuesday mornin’ when we drew the line
it was the WTO comin’ to town
and we swore we’re gonna shut it down
and they stood there with their big police
they had the National Guard out to keep the peace
with the guns and the clubs and the chemical gas
but still we would not let them pass
and they raged and roared and their tempers flared
and there were bombs bursting in the daylight air
and they’d run us off, do us in
but we came right back again

yeah, didn’t we
shut it down
didn’t we

November 30th, ’99
millennium passing as the numbers climb
and the people came from everywhere
there musta been 50 thousand out there
there were farmers, unions, rank and file
every grass roots has it’s own style
there were great big puppets two stories tall
there were drummers drummin’ in the shoppin’ mall
there were so many people that you couldn’t see
how that many people got into the city
and the WTO delegates too
but we were locked down, so they couldn’t get through

yeah, didn’t we
shut it down
didn’t we

November 30th, ’99
lockdown at the police line
and they’re hittin’ you with everything they got
but you ain’t movin’, like it or not
and they’re tyin’ your wrists with plastic cuffs
and they’re loadin’ you up on a great big bus
and they’re takin’ you down to the navy base
pepper sprayin’ you right in the face
try to break you down, try to get you to kneel
but you got the unity and this is for real
and they can’t break a spirit that’s comin’ alive
that’s the kind of spirit that’s bound survive

didn’t we
shut it down
didn’t we

the media loves on the glitter and flash
and the newspapers talkin’ out a whole lot of trash
about the violence of the people in black
and how the cops were so tired they just had to attack
and the secrets hidden in that deep dark hole
that they call City Hall may never be told
the mayor’s out doin’ the spin
the police chief quit so you can’t ask him
well they can swear to god and all human law
but I was there and I know what I saw
and the visible stains’ll wash away in the rains
but this old town’ll never be the same

’cause didn’t we
shut it down
didn’t we

it’s the greatest story ever told
David and Goliath, how you be so bold
standin’ up to the giant when the goin’ gets hot
and all you got is a slingshot
well they tell me that the world’s turned upside down
you gotta pick it up and shake it, gotta turn it around
you gotta take it apart to rearrange it
I don’t want to save the world I want to change it
don’t let ’em tell you that it can’t be done
’cause they’re gonna be the first ones to run
just take a little lesson from Seattle town
WTO and how we shut it down

yeah, didn’t we
shut it down
didn’t we


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