Bush and Sharon Pointed as Terrorists by 200,000 at Brazil’s WSF

Brazilian protesters against Bush and US in IraqThe President of the United States, George W. Bush, did not attend the opening march of the World Social Forum, but he was one of its protagonists.

Banners, flags, and posters borne by militants from various corners of the world manifested the Forum participants’ dissatisfaction with the policies adopted by the government in Washington.


From beginning to end of Borges de Medeiros Avenue, where the march took place in the center of the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, photos of people killed in Iraq were visible, together with the phrase: “Bush is the biggest terrorist.”


The anger expressed by the “other-worldists,” as the militants engaged in the fight against neoliberal globalization are denominated, was also directed against the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon.


Most of the two hundred thousand demonstrators who took part in the largest march in the Forum’s history blame these leaders for the chronic problems that beset humanity.


To the bombs and machine gun blasts associated with their policies, the protestors responded with chants in various languages: “enough bombs, enough attacks, end imperalism in Iraq.”


Throughout the march similar protests could be heard, mixed with drumbeats, bugle calls, battle cries, laughs, and kidding, uttered and heard by people from different ideological camps: the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, the Barros de Pie movement of Argentinean educators, the American left (they say they live in the “belly of the monster”), farmers from the Via Campesina (“Peasant Way”), Palestineans, Europeans, Venezuelans, Australians, different forms of viewing and handling reality.


The only thing they have in common is a desire to build “another possible world.”


The demonstrators did not forget the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was the object of both admiration and criticism.


The President, who arrived in Porto Alegre, yesterday, January 26, to participate in the World Social Forum for the fourth time, was exalted by his Labor Party (PT) comrades.


Led by José Genoino, president of the PT, they marched wearing T-shirts displaying the slogan “100% Lula.”


The critics, for their part, preferred a tone of provocation. They sang “I’m Going to Celebrate,” a song made famous by Beth Carvalho: “You repayed with treachery the one who always gave you a hand.”


Translation: David Silberstein
Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    Amir Stamper
    Ignorance is a terrible thing to waste and these people prove it over and over.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil to Be Self-Sufficient in Oil by 2006

The Financial Director of Petrobras, José Sérgio Gabrielle, estimated that the Brazilian state petroleum ...

Brazil expands corn production

US Ethanol Production Leads Brazil to Double Corn Exports

Brazil should double foreign sales of corn in this crop to eight million tons. ...

For Brazil, U.S. Subsidies Are Main Block to FTAA

Issues related to intellectual property, time periods for authorizing goods to be sold duty-free, ...

Brazil’s Inflation: Down in Retail, Up in Wholesale

Inflation is showing signs of retraction in the retail segment, according to a Brazil ...

Brazilian-Arab Trade to Exceed US$ 10 Billion

The president of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (CCAB), Antonio Sarkis Jr., opened ...

Paraná state, Brazil, Local Productive Arrangement

Londrina, Brazil, Becomes High Tech Hub

Renowned in Brazil for its agricultural production – the 2006/2007 crop should reach 25.8 ...

Brazilian TV celebrity Xuxa

Blacks Learn in Brazil They Won’t Be Human Until They Become White

My own research on racial exclusion in Brazil has given me ample reason to ...

Demonstrators Call Killing of Brazilian in London State Terrorism

Approximately 20 members of agriculture-related groups participated today on a protest at the British ...

In Brazil Press Offenses Can Land Journalists in Jail

Reporters Without Borders calls on leaders attending the three-day European Union – Latin America ...