Idag startar ESF på allvar

ESF har i princip redan startat. Kulturaktiviter är redan igång och en del aktioner som inte tillhör det officiella ESF-programmet har redan genomförts. Men den formella straten blir idag, med en ingvigning på Fokets Park. en invigning med en rad olika talare och artister från Europas alla hörn och från ett mycket varierat politiskt spektrum.

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The whole world will be present at the inauguration of the European Social Forum! Welcomed by democracy mayor of Malmö and all kinds of culture and social movements that will be addressing the participants. An opening with indigenous and Romani facilitators from the Nordic Organizing Committee and cultural life in Sweden.

We will hear from witnesses from the struggle against privatisation defending public services, against oppression of minorities and equal rights for all, for peace in the Middle East, for equality between women and men and for our responsibility towards nature and every human being. Together with people singing and dancing from Greenland to the Balkans.

A celebration of the daily struggles and the joy of coming together sharing views and inspiration that will make another Europe and another world possible.

18:00 – 20:00 Opening with speeches and cultural performances.

Speakers:
* Anneli Philipsson, democracy municipal commissioner of Malmö
* Pal Aradi, President of BCKSZ, Romani, Hungary
* Nina Sankari, European Feminist Initiative, Warsaw, Poland
* Vandana Shiva, Ecofeminist and WTO critic, India
* Wanja Lundby-Wedin, chair of European Trade Union Confederation, Sweden
* Mustafa Barghouti, democracy activist and founder of Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees
* Loukia Kotronaki, Athens ESF organizing committee, student of Panteion University of Political Sciences, Greece
* Sven Giegold, Attac Europe, Germany
* Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
* Sebahat Tuncel, Curdish member of parliament, Turkey
* KG Hammar, former Arch bishop of Church of Sweden

Facilitators:
* Carmen Blanco Valer, NOC, former metal worker and former chair of Latin American groups in Sweden
* Hans Calderas, Romani cultural activist

* America Vera-Zavala, NOC, activist and playwright

20:00 – 22:45 Artists performing

20:00 – 20:15 Tangotanten (Choir – Sweden)
20:15 – 20:45 Aziza Brahim (Afro-beat – Western Sahara / Spain)
21:00 – 21:45 Mikael Wiehe (Political singer/songwriter – Sweden)
22:00 – 22:45 Mundo Livre S/A(Afro-beat / Punk – Brazil)

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PS. Ledaren i SDS tycks dock ha missförstått nåt. Det fins ingen i ledningen för demonstrationen, som sk aäga rum på lördag, som heter Thomas. Däremot finns det en talare på ett av ESF:s större arrangemang som heter Thomas. Det finns inte ens en enda dansk i ledningen för demonstrationen. Det är faktisk ofattbart hur en del kan få ihop det. DS.

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