Title: Protesters Attempt to Disrupt APEC Summit in San Francisco, Demanding People over Profits
San Francisco witnessed a formidable display of dissent as hundreds of protesters from the “No to APEC” coalition attempted to shut down the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. The demonstrations occurred on the biggest day of protests in the city, coinciding with the attendance of 21 heads of state and approximately 1,200 CEOs.
Protesters formed human barriers, strategically blocking streets and directly confronting attendees, aiming to disrupt the APEC festivities and apply pressure on world leaders and CEOs. Chants of “People over profits” and “governments for working people, not bosses” resonated through the streets while passionate demonstrators voiced their frustrations.
The presence of China President Xi Jinping in San Francisco also drew the ire of some protesters, who expressed their opposition openly. In addition, clashes between pro- and anti-China demonstrators and separate protests against President Joe Biden added to the dynamic atmosphere on the ground.
Protesters encountered tall black steel fencing, strategically erected to safeguard the APEC proceedings, and faced a substantial number of law enforcement personnel during their demonstrations. While tensions ran high at times, organizers deemed Wednesday’s turnout as a testament to the unity among various organizations united against the focus on wealth accumulation.
The protesters expressed their frustration with the presence of barriers and highlighted their concerns regarding the concentration of power and wealth. They called for more inclusive decision-making processes and viable solutions at events like APEC, urging the recognition of diverse perspectives and interests.
Attendees of the summit acknowledged the concerns raised by the protesters. They emphasized the challenges faced and the critical need for more diverse perspectives in shaping policies and decisions at APEC. While tensions between the protesters and attendees were evident, the presence of both sides at the summit fostered a semblance of dialogue and engagement.
At a time when global economic policies are being scrutinized, the protests served as a poignant reminder that the concerns of the people must be taken into account. As APEC continues to shape the future of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, the demands for greater inclusivity and prioritization of people’s interests are likely to persist.