Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

Battle of Seattle

2 December 1999
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The World Trade Organization (WTO) had its convention in Seattle from 30 November till 2 December 1999. Some ten thousand demonstrators blocked the entrance and paralyzed the city during a week of protest. This action was the starting point of the antiglobalist movement. The French antiglobalist leader José Bové later said about Seattle: 'The 21st century began on 30 November 1999 in Seattle really, because for the first time in world history a coalition of peasants, workers, students and greens succeeded.'