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Thousands protest against EU-US trade deal

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Tens of thousands of people across Europe have protested against an EU-US trade deal.

The protests rolled out across around 1,100 cities in Europe in a day of action against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – a major deal to create a free trade zone between the US and the EU.

It would create the largest free trade bloc in the world and has raised concerns about the impact on workers’ rights, national health services and foodstuffs, with talk of chlorinated chickens flooding the market, as well as GMOs.

Critics argue it would take the power from citizens and put it in the hands of multi-national corporations, while supporters say removing regulatory barriers would be a catalyst to economic growth.

Many protesters are angry at the apparent lack of transparency. With negotiations conducted behind closed doors, MEPs will only get to accept or reject the final agreement.