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29 November 1999 - Seattle, Washington - Five activists from the Rainforest Action Network climbed a giant crane and unfurled a 2000 square foot banner just before dawn on November 29, 1999 in Seattle Washington. The activists were protesting the World Trade Organization's anti-democratic policies. The action marked the first day of the WTO ministerial meetings. 'Using a celluar phone to talk to the press while hanging from the crane, climber John Sellers said: 'The WTO is a threat to democracy and our hard-one environmental, labor, health and safety laws and must be abolished.' The activists remained high over the Seattle skyline until just past noon when they voluntarily surrendered to the Seattle police. All five climbers plus one support person were arrested.