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Anti-privatisation festival

by JON FLAIG
Issue No. 1816

'ANOTHER WORLD is possible' was the feeling in the air last Saturday as a festival against privatisation, racism and war gathered on the grassy slopes by the sea in Whitstable, Kent. Hundreds came to listen to music from local bands and performers.

Among the speakers were representatives from a local Unison union branch and the RMT rail union. This was the largest political event ever seen in the town. It was organised by dozens of local people who came together to promote the European Social Forum in Florence this November.

Mandy, from Unison, said, 'Today has been brilliant. We've all worked so hard for this event. I've only just joined the union, but I'm off to the branch meeting to get delegated for Florence. I want to go, and I want to take my guitar!'

Organisers are now planning a similar event in December to report back from the ESF.


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Sat 7 Sep 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1816
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