Some 7,000 Protest Against CETA, TTIP Trade Deals in Warsaw

© AP Photo / Alik KepliczDemonstrators march against trade deals with Canada and the U.S. in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
Demonstrators march against trade deals with Canada and the U.S. in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Around 7,000 people are taking part in the protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada in Warsaw on Saturday.

Greenpeace activists hold banners and giant eyes during a demonstration against the trade agreements TTIP, CETA and TiSA in front of the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland, September 20, 2016. - Sputnik International
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WARSAW (Sputnik) The protest organized by the local NGO and supported by several trade unions and parties, began at 1 p.m. local time (11:00 GMT) by the Agriculture Ministry building and then marched to the office of prime minister.

Activists are holding Polish flags and posters saying "TTIP and CETA are toxic agreements", "Stop corporate dictatorship" and others.

CETA aims to establish a free trade zone between Canada and the European Union, though it has been criticized in Europe. Opponents fear it would undermine standards and regulations on environmental protection, health, safety and workers' rights.

The TTIP, negotiations on which have been ongoing since 2013, seeks to establish a free trade zone between the two sides of Atlantic. Since the start of the talks, the deal has drawn severe criticism for the lack of transparency. Its opponents also express concern over the tremendous power it would potentially give to international corporations and the fact that it could seriously violate ecological standards.

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