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SOME OF the many Italians who have come to London to take part in the ESF spoke to Socialist Worker.

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'I HAVE come to the European Social Forum because, if you want to change the world, you need to know the world. Here you can find out what people around the world are doing to fight for change.

It is important to coordinate our struggle at an international level.

In Rome the bosses and heads of state will sign the European constitution.

The ESF is the place to discuss our alternative Europe.

Workers and students in Italy can no longer live under the right wing prime minister Berlusconi. People want to kick him out.’
Domeneco Marazia, student from Salerno

‘THE European Social Forum is so interesting. It is possible to get in touch with different ways of thinking. The Young Communists across Europe have organised a workshop here on the European constitution.

The constitution will attack immigrant rights, and it will increase insecurity in the workplace.

The Young Communists were born in the protests against the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001.

We have been active in the movement and in the workplace. The movement has to stay together and stay radical, while respecting our differences.’
Sylvia Martorana, worker in a Milan coffee bar

'THIS IS the third European Social Forum that I have attended. It is always a nice and interesting experience. My group was born at the first ESF in Florence, Italy, in 2002.

We have joined all the demonstrations. The movement is much bigger than before. People want to end the situation in Iraq.

More and more people are asking why.

Even when the two Italian women were kidnapped in Iraq people’s reaction was, “Now is enough.”

I don’t know who votes for Berlusconi anymore.

I went to Palestine in the summer, and am involved in creating a giant patchwork flag to hang on the wall that the Israelis are building through Palestinian land.’
Giulia Giorgi, member of Students Against the War at Sapienza University, Rome


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