Chinese new year

21 December 2005

The thousands of ministers, wonks and hacks who descended on Hong Kong last week have all now left, even those who stayed on after the WTO ministerial to scale Victoria Peak or, in the case of the Daily Telegraph's Beijing correspondent, to seek out Brussels sprouts for Christmas dinner.

But spare a thought for the 14 protesters - 11 Koreans, one Chinese, one Taiwanese and one Japanese - who have been charged with illegal assembly. The other 944 protesters arrested after last Saturday's demonstrations have been released; most have returned home. The remaining 14 will face trial and have found legal advice. A protest, it seems, is not just for Christmas. 

Is gesture politics hindering progress against racism?

We have all seen a huge explosion around the debate on structural racism in recent weeks.

But that has been accompanied by corporate statements that many activists say are meaningless and will lead to little change.

How true is that? How can the movement against racism deliver long-lasting change instead?

Join us on Thursday 9 July at 5pm UK time/12pm EDT for a free live discussion.

Hear from:

Evadney Campbell Managing director and co-founder of Shiloh PR. A former BBC broadcast journalist, she was awarded an MBE in 1994 for her services to the African and Caribbean communities in Gloucester.

Sunder Katwala Director of British Future, a think-tank on identity and integration

Sayeeda Warsi Member of the House of Lords, pro-vice chancellor at Bolton University and author of ‘The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain’.

Chair: Henry Bonsu Broadcaster who has worked on some of the UK's biggest current affairs shows, including BBC Radio 4's Today. He is a regular pundit on Channel 5's Jeremy Vine Show, BBC News Briefing and MSNBC's Joy Reid Show.

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