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Protesting at the rich and powerful

Issue No. 1791

ANTI-CAPITALIST protests are back on the agenda. After last month's 70,000-strong gathering in Brazil at the World Social Forum, thousands of protesters were set to hit the streets of Barcelona in Spain this week.

This is where the European Union leaders are due to hold a summit. Many young people from Spain were building the anti-capitalist protest, and members of Globalise Resistance in Britain organised transport to join the demonstration. A trade union march against privatisation was due to be held on Thursday, followed by protests on Saturday. The anti-capitalist singer Manu Chao was also set to perform a mass open air concert.

The protest shows the continued determination of people across the world to challenge global institutions and their free market policies. Activists in Britain are also preparing protests in London against the US war criminal Henry Kissinger, who is due to visit next month. He is due to address the Institute of Directors' annual convention. Bosses from companies like Shell, BP and Balfour Beatty have been invited to the 2,000-strong jamboree.

Globalise Resistance is planning to hold mock trials of Kissinger at the London School of Economics on Monday of next week and at SOAS in London on Thursday of next week.

Kissinger is the West's greatest war criminal. He was US president Richard Nixon's National Security Adviser through the 1970s. He gave his approval to the carpet-bombing of North Vietnam, the Indonesian massacre in East Timor, and the slaughter of Bangladeshis seeking independence from Pakistan.

He also had a hand in General Pinochet's military coup in Chile in 1973. The trials at the universities will involve a prosecutor, and witnesses from Chile and Vietnam who will explain what Kissinger did to their countries. The audience will act as the jury.

Representatives of War on Want, the Ilisu Dam Campaign, the Campaign Against the Arms Trade and trade unions are also helping to build the protest. Sue Jones from Globalise Resistance told Socialist Worker, 'We want the broadest possible campaign against Kissinger. He is the armed wing of globalisation.'

Globalise Resistance is also joining up with trade unions across London to plan this year's May Day demonstration.

They are planning a march against privatisation through central London to Trafalgar Square.


Wednesday 24 April from 8.30am, Royal Albert Hall, LONDON


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Sat 16 Mar 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1791
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