Barf! Puke! Vomit! The top secret TransPacific Partnership talks in Leesburg, Virginia made the Biotic Barf Brigade sick, so they spewed their outrage regurgitating at the Lansdown Hotel on Thursday where the free trade talks were being held. Frankly, the hotel’s carpet would make me throw up no matter what event was on. At first I thought the huge lime green stripes down the purple rug were actually the Biotic Barf Brigade’s stomach contents. Seriously, time to redecorate.
over 350,000 protest signatures to an official with the US Trade Representatives negotiating the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.
Kilcher was arrested for trespassing. Before her arrest she stated:
The Trans Pacific Partnership would be devastating for people around the world and it is being negotiated in complete secrecy to hide the content, because these agreements would never see the light of day if US citizens and congress were allowed to see what is being proposed in our names. While hundreds of corporate advisors have access to the information contained within these documents, the American public, the media and even members of congress do not. This sort of secrecy is highly undemocratic and is a complete disregard of all the systems of checks and balances established by the U.S. Constitution to avoid exactly this sort of thing.
The Biotic Barf Brigade and petition delivery were part of a week long series of protests and activism opposing the TPP, who claim that the trade agreement would imperil access to generic drugs in Third World and developing nations, weaken food safety regulations, and destroy natural resources. Proponents state that the TPP would protect international copyrights and intellectual property. Protestors are also disgusted by the secrecy surrounding the talks.