February 26, 2016
Anti-TTIP activists stole the show at swanky Brussels cocktail party held to bring down the curtain on this week’s trade negotiations by bursting into a song from hit musical Les Miserables.
The protestors could have plumped for Abba’s 1976 hit Money, Money, Money but chose the equally relevant Song of Angry Men from the West End and Broadway smash.
Activists hijacked the stage at the Transatlantic Business Council gathering, which was attended by next to EU and US negotiators Ignacio Garcia Bercero and Dan Mullaney.
“Do you hear the people sing? Signing a song of angry men?” started the chorus. “Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?”
Stunned by the new arrivals, both negotiators attempted a smile. Garcia Bercero scratched his beard, not really knowing what to do.
Mullaney attempted to break the tension and said, “There are a number of concerns about TTIP and some of these concerns are expressed in a much more entertaining way than other ways.”
He managed to get a big laugh from the audience.
The US negotiator conceded that everybody should be out there selling the benefits of TTIP.Heard in Europe