The 8th round of the Central American Free Trade Area (CAFTA) talks have kicked off in Houston, Texas. CAFTA would extend NAFTA to five more countries: Guatamala, Honduras, El Salvador, Niguraga and Costa Rica. As US negotiators up the pressure on Latin American Countires to sign the agreement, activists are stepping up public resistance to it.
On the first day of negotiations Houston activists in white overalls greeted trade delegates with a spirited demo at the meetings. [ Photos | Video | /a> | read a communique ] There were also three large banner drops on Monday, two from a hightway overpass [photos 1, 2] and one from the hotel where the meetings are taking place. On Monday evening, a permitted demonstration drew more than 200 people outside the hotel where the meetings are taking place. [ read report | photos: 1, 2, 3 | listen to audio ] More demonstrations are planned throughout the week.