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29 January 2006
WSF delegates wear bright red-orange badges. These have our names on them, and allow us to ride the metro for free between events. People on the street are curious to hear where we are from, and our crew has only been met with smiles. But some in Caracas are fuming over the closure of a major through way in the city, and think the government has spent way too much. But how much? The Washington Post says $60,000 while the AP (via the Guardian) reports $465,000. In any case, it's enough that a group of activists have set up an alternative social forum that doesn't "compromise" on funding. And one writer/activist, Luis J. Rodriquez reports being kicked out of his hotel when the proprietor found out him and his colleagues were attending the forum.

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