BRASILIA (AFP) – Tens of thousands of anti-capitalist militants, including members of Spain’s “Indignant” movement and the US Occupy Wall Street, are due to attend the World Social Forum, which opens Tuesday in Brazil.
The forum is an alliance of social movements opposed to the World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of the world’s economic and political elites being held at the same time in the Swiss resort of Davos.
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From Tuesday to Sunday, participants in the World Social Forum will meet in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre to weigh alternative solutions to the global economic crisis.
President Dilma Rousseff is expected to attend the event along with 70,000 other people.
Under the slogan “Capitalist crisis, Social and Environmental Justice,” the forum aims to lay the groundwork for a peoples’ summit of social movements to be held in parallel to the high-level UN conference on sustainable development scheduled for June in Rio.