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Start of Dutch referendum campaign on TTIP
On Friday, 9 October 2015, the Dutch democracy organisation Meer Democratie together with foodwatch Netherlands, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth) and the Transnational Institute kicked-off a campaign for a referendum on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). People can sign a referendum petition. As of 19 November 2015, more than 40,000 signatures were collected already.
The launch happened one day before European-wide demonstrations against these free trade agreements took take place.
On 10 October, people marched on the streets of Europe's capitals. In Berlin alone, 250.000 people demonstrated against TTIP and CETA. Democracy International's German partner organisation Mehr Demokratie was involved in organising the protests in Germany's capital.
On 7 October, the self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop TTIP” had collected 3 263 920 signatures in 28 EU member states.