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Walking the walk, talking the talk

26 January 2005

We’re all a bit sunburnt after today’s opening march. It was big. It was loud. And fun to check out people’s badges: everyone has an orange tag around their neck that says who they are and where they come from. Mine says openDemocracy. Here are a few pictures from the march (click on them to make them a little bigger):

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At the march I met Lee Yong Sik, who is president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions. He was standing with a bunch of Korean Metalworkers. I asked him if they would ever have “a Lula” in Korea, and he predicted it would happen in 8-10 years if they worked hard. And he said he would grant me an interview when he becomes president. “I won’t forget,” he said. Good.
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In case Paul Kingsnorth is reading this: after reading his article on the European Social Forum in London, all the Che Guevara t-shirts here remind me of him. And I am excited Manu Chao is playing a little concert tonight.

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