Peruvians march against TPP deal

Members of social and civil organizations march to protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in Lima, Peru on Nov 4, 2016.
Members of social and civil organizations march to protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in Lima, Peru on Nov 4, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

PERU (REUTERS) - Hundreds of Peruvians marched in the capital Lima to protest the expansion of free market policies on Friday (Nov 5).

People wore masks and held signs criticising the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and said the proposal would put the country's small businesses at risk.

Protestors claim the agreement puts the country in jeopardy, and will not allow Peruvian companies to grow because foreign companies will come and destroy them.

The TPP is a free trade agreement between countries located around on the Pacific Ocean, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, the United States, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Vietnam and Peru.

The former president of Peru committed to the agreement but it still needs to be ratified by Congress, which overall supports it.