HUNDREDS CRAMMED into Southwark Cathedral last night for the mayor of London’s welcome event.
Hundreds more were left outside as the venue filled up.
Doctor Aleida Guevara, the daughter of Che Guevara, told the meeting, “The world is facing difficult times. The people in this part of the planet have an important role to play in ensuring millions of people have a dignified life.
“It is indispensable to join forces to stop new wars that will destabilise the planet. There is a way to achieve a world that we all want.”
Frances O’Grady, the deputy general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), said, “I bring greetings from nearly seven million British workers. The TUC is proud to be part of the ESF.
“We are restless for change. We have to educate, agitate and organise—together we can win.”
Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican party, said, “It is criminal that 11 million children die every year. We still need to be against Empire. We have to act together as united people for the birth of a new world.”
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said, “I would like to welcome the ESF to this city. I am delighted to be the host of the future. This is the largest ever conference in British history—between 20,000 and 30,000 people are here. All the people of the world have an interest in the defeat of the present financial system.”
Other speakers included Thenjiwe Mtintso of the South African ANC, Meena Menon, who helped organise the World Social Forum in India, and leading anti-globalisation writer Susan George.