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Samarendra Das is from Orissa, India. He is an activist with the Socialist People’s Council, a grassroots campaigning organisation:

“We’re at the ESF to campaign against bauxite mining in Orissa. Bauxite is the rock from which aluminium is extracted. The Indian government is leasing the Orissan mountains for bauxite mining, devastating the local inhabitants and wildlife.”

  • Samarendra will be speaking at the workshop Double death: the aluminium cartel and the arms industry at the University of London Union at 7pm on Saturday

    Moawya is from Nablus on the West Bank of occupied Palestine:

    “I’m here to represent my organisation, the Palestinian Youth Council. I want to talk about the situation of young people in Palestine, our ambitions, and the challenges we face.”

    Margarita is from Hamburg, Germany:

    “It’s my second time at an ESF. I went to Paris last year. I’m active in many different organisations in Hamburg, including ATTAC and Linksruck. We’re looking forward to getting new ideas, meeting people, learning about new issues and discussing things. We’ve come here with a cultural delegation from Germany.”

    Nir Nader is attending the ESF as a representative of Video 48, a collective of anti-Zionist Israeli film-makers and video artists:

    “It’s my first time at the ESF. We have a video collective in Israel which supports Palestinian rights. Our new film, A Job to Win, highlights the problems of the working class.”

  • A Job to Win is showing today from 1.30pm in Birkbeck Video Room

    Norman and Marianne Traub are active in the Stop the War Coalition in Southend:

    “We’re socialists, and we feel it’s vital to be part of the movement against capitalist globalisation. The social forums are playing a vital part in mobilising people all over the world against capitalist globalisation. We’re going on the march on Sunday. We’ve been to all the marches since the war started, and before.”

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    Thu 14 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1923a
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