2001 Consent Decree Guides APEC Protest Rules

Willie Marshall

The last time global economic leaders formally gathered in Honolulu, in 2001, they encountered protests.

But the protests were peaceful, unlike those that greeted the World Trade Organization in Seattle the year before.

The Asian Development Bank meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center was a smooth affair, with no violence, injury or property damage, as had been feared. "ADB protest march: a success all around," read a May 10 editorial from The Honolulu Advertiser.

The APEC summit next month is a far more substantive affair than the ADB. Security will be on the highest alert for a U.S. president hosting the leaders of nations such as China, Russia, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.

Several groups have said they will protest the Nov. 7-13 APEC summit. Although only one has applied for protest permits so far, protests have gained some urgency as a result of the Occupy Wall Street protests that turned up locally this month.

In that regard, the events of 10 years ago may guide the protests of today, according to the ACLU of Hawaii, thanks to a federal consent decree and order that arose out of the ADB meeting.

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