Thousands of protesters have marched through Brussels to demand the European Union abandon planned transatlantic free trade deals they say will worsen labor conditions and allow big business to challenge governments.
Organizers — including unions, environmental and consumer groups, and public health insurers — said between 10,000 and 15,000 people were involved in the protests.
Their targets were the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which the EU and United States are still negotiating, and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) struck between the EU and Canada and awaiting ratification.
Both TTIP and CETA will be the focus of a meeting of trade ministers in Slovakia on Friday.
CETA could enter into force next year if member states and the European Parliament approve it.
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