Colombian Senator: Trade Deal “Worst Decision” to Date

Source: Democracy Now

In Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos has praised U.S. approval of the “free trade” deal, calling it “historic.” Critics though are warning the trade agreement will undermine Colombian sovereignty and human rights. Colombian Senator Jorge Enirque Robledo said the measure will further concentrate wealth in the hands of the rich.

Colombian Senator Jorge Enirque Robledo: “I can show that this is the worst decision Colombia has made in the history of the republic. It is the worst decision since 1819 when we got independence from Spain. Because the free trade agreement is a 1,300-page document drafted in the United States according to guidelines of American multinational companies that will make Colombia the country the United States wants it to be.”