The whole world is watching

In November 1999, tens of thousands activists helped shut down the World Trade Organization in Seattle. The story of the Seattle protests has now been turned into a feature film.

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Global justice activists, environmentalists, union members, farmers, students, anti-capitalist activists and countless others helped shut down the World Trade Organization in Seattle in November of 1999. It was a defining moment for the movement against corporate globalization. The historical Seattle protests have now been turned into an independent fictionalized film. Democracy Now! spoke to the film's writer and director, 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: <br />
[via <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2008/9/18/battle_in_seattle_with_a_list" title="Battle in Seattle - DemocracyNow.org">DemocracyNow.org</a>]
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<b>STUART TOWNSEND</b>: 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. The Navy is out there in Cancun stopping protesters. And every event, every G8 event, any World Trade Organization meeting, now has massive security. And at the RNC and the DNC, where I was there, as well, I mean, it was very hard to really have any form of real dissent. So I think that’s a problem that, you know, you guys have to deal with as activists.
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<b>AMY GOODMAN</b>: What are your hopes for this film?
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<b>STUART TOWNSEND</b>: My hope is to inspire people, particularly a young and new audience, who—you know, most people don’t remember this event. And I was shocked when I sort of found it—you know, like found it. I was like, this is an incredible, important event about so many important issues. You know, even look at the financial crisis of two days ago, that’s the same system that people were fighting against in ’99. And, you know, we’re now reaping those—you know, the whirlwind of that.&quot;
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<h3>Stuart Townsend and David Solnit on Democracy Now</h3>
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<span class="quiet">Interview with Battle in Seattle's writer and director, 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 on <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2008/9/18/battle_in_seattle_with_a_list" title="Battle in Seattle - DemocracyNow.org">DemocracyNow.org</a></span>
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MadBuddha1111

Shut the fuck up, I'm from Seattle, I remember this shit, I remember a bunch of drunk out of towners wrecking my city, pissing and shitting all over my quiet, clean city, just because the WTO is having a fucking meeting in Seattle: it's cause for riots!?? Not non-violent protest as you say on your little website, ALL OUT RIOTS, and you, you little piece of shit ass euro film school B-class fuck think you can exploit this shit!!! You are as worse as the people that are making money off 9/11 movies, this isn't a documentary stating the facts, this definitely isn't an indie flick, this is a full board film production, for your production company that has one purpose, to make you money, the same money that fuels the so-called capitalist government agencies you are soooo against, that you just heard about what happened and you had to tell the world cuz you just sort of found it, right? Just happened across it on Wikipedia and said 'oh nobody's made money off this one yet' is more like it.. Anybody from Seattle and anybody who went to actually non-violently protest know the WTO riots in Seattle were a total crock and a waste of time and blood. I hope your movie fucking tanks. You are the anti-christ.

MadBuddha1111

Shut the fuck up, I'm from Seattle, I remember this shit, I remember a bunch of drunk out of towners wrecking my city, pissing and shitting all over my quiet, clean city, just because the WTO is having a fucking meeting in Seattle: it's cause for riots!?? Not non-violent protest as you say on your little website, ALL OUT RIOTS, and you, you little piece of shit ass euro film school B-class fuck think you can exploit this shit!!! You are as worse as the people that are making money off 9/11 movies, this isn't a documentary stating the facts, this definitely isn't an indie flick, this is a full board film production, for your production company that has one purpose, to make you money, the same money that fuels the so-called capitalist government agencies you are soooo against, that you just heard about what happened and you had to tell the world cuz you just sort of found it, right? Just happened across it on Wikipedia and said 'oh nobody's made money off this one yet' is more like it.. Anybody from Seattle and anybody who went to actually non-violently protest know the WTO riots in Seattle were a total crock and a waste of time and blood. I hope your movie fucking tanks. You are the anti-christ.

KC local non-vi...

Actually, I am from Seattle and I marched in the WTO protests. Yes, there was damage and I do not agree with the actions of some. The police poorly handled the non-violent protesters and then harmed locals in Capital Hill when they were unwilling to take abuse of their civil liberties. How about the police pepper spraying the county counselman in his car? They didn't even show that in the movie. I did not particpate in the riots, but I certainly understand the belief that others have to not be pushed off public streets. If you think the property damage done by some is WORSE than the outcomes of corporate actions you need to get schooled. Yes the WTO meeting is a cause for riots!! I have seen this film. I thought they did a good job by and large. You should go back to your bubble. Learn to commuicate in a civilized manner if you dislike riots so much. Your post is a verbal riot with less effectiveness than breaking downtown business windows.

KC local non-vi...

Actually, I am from Seattle and I marched in the WTO protests. Yes, there was damage and I do not agree with the actions of some. The police poorly handled the non-violent protesters and then harmed locals in Capital Hill when they were unwilling to take abuse of their civil liberties. How about the police pepper spraying the county counselman in his car? They didn't even show that in the movie. I did not particpate in the riots, but I certainly understand the belief that others have to not be pushed off public streets. If you think the property damage done by some is WORSE than the outcomes of corporate actions you need to get schooled. Yes the WTO meeting is a cause for riots!! I have seen this film. I thought they did a good job by and large. You should go back to your bubble. Learn to commuicate in a civilized manner if you dislike riots so much. Your post is a verbal riot with less effectiveness than breaking downtown business windows.

me again

I have a problem!? You can't honestly read this guy's interview and look at the movie website and not have some sort of calm rage; even if you aren't from Seattle. And I didn't say 'shit ass europe' I meant to say: little piece of shit who went to a film school in Europe, just to clear up any regional quarrels, dick.

me again

I have a problem!? You can't honestly read this guy's interview and look at the movie website and not have some sort of calm rage; even if you aren't from Seattle. And I didn't say 'shit ass europe' I meant to say: little piece of shit who went to a film school in Europe, just to clear up any regional quarrels, dick.

Anonymous

o yea, like everybody should have just let those meetings go on. The WTO protest was actually effective in delaying the talks that would have caused massive suffering. I can't see why anybody would be complaining.

Anonymous

o yea, like everybody should have just let those meetings go on. The WTO protest was actually effective in delaying the talks that would have caused massive suffering. I can't see why anybody would be complaining.

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