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Seattle 1999: Remember When Antifa Was *Against* Globalism?

As morning dawned over Seattle on Nov. 30, 1999, leftist protesters surrounded the downtown Paramount Theatre. Using PVC pipes and other devices, some locked themselves to one another, blocking major intersections. By 8:30 a.m., protesters had shut down several city blocks. At 10 a.m., tens of thousands of union members assembled for a rally, followed by a march to downtown. Meanwhile, a small band of “Black Bloc” activists smashed storefronts belonging to multinational companies such as Nike.

These protests, dubbed the “Battle in Seattle,” targeted a ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Starting operations in 1995, the WTO held the promise of becoming the body creating rules promoting a new era of globalization. Many negotiators hoped the talks in Seattle would give the WTO an expanded mandate. These hopes provoked concerns on the left, as activists saw the WTO as a propagator of global socioeconomic inequalities. The protests in Seattle generated international attention as they disrupted the meetings, which failed to produce any new agreements.