First Anti-APEC Protest Hits University of Hawaii

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

UPDATED 10/17/11 5 p.m.

A banner hanging from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s John F. Kennedy Theatre read: “E Komo Mai – Welcome APEC.”

But the mood on Monday was not so welcoming to the upcoming 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, planned for November. Hand painted cardboard signs leaned against the theater's entrance: “APEC = Global Warming,” “Fair trade,” and “Capitalism sucks we need a revolution.”

More than 30 people gathered under the shade of the theatre and on the lawn nearby to protest APEC. The event the first of likely many protests leading up to the planned meeting that will bring business and government leaders from 21 countries to Honolulu.

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