Guardian: World Social Forum: Val van Egyptische en Tunesische regimes zijn een aanmoediging

Six days of debates exploring alternatives to capitalism conclude with a celebration of ‘anti-imperialist revolution’, and hopes for African change

The protests in Tunisia and Egypt that brought about the fall of autocratic regimes delivered the perfect backdrop to the World Social Forum, held in Dakar, Senegal, last week. The annual forum campaigns for an alternative to capitalism, and it brought together 75,000 activitists, NGOs, trade unionists, academics, development thinkers and journalists from around the world for six days, at Cheikh Anta Diop University, to debate and find strategies to oppose capitalism.

“It [the forum] opened with the joy of revolution in Tunisia and is now closing with honouring the Egypt revolution. We hope in the future that we will be able to celebrate other African revolutions,” Taoufik Ben Abdallah, a member of the organising committee, told the crowd at Friday’s closing meeting. “This is a forum for countries of the south. The world is changing and these countries are emerging to play a role.”

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Krista Russchen

15 februari 2011