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(en) Protest the World Economic Forum in Melbourne

From Ben <huelga@xchange.anarki.net>
Date Fri, 25 Feb 2000 13:51:40 -0500


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In September the World Economic Forum will hold the Asia-Pacific Economic
Summit, "Asia/Pacific in the 21st Century: Leveraging the new drivers of
growth", in Melbourne. The Summit is jointly sponsored by the Business 
Council of
Australia and the Australian Davos Connection (the Australian arm of the
World Economic Forum) and will take place at the Crown Casino, September
11-13. Participants are being lured to the summit with opportunity to 
"meet
key leaders from  business, politics and academia at a time when the eyes 
of
the world will be fixed on Australia, and they may coordinate their
participation in the Summit with the Olympic Games."

The World Economic Forum is an organisation made up of the richest global
companies in the world. For the past thirty years it has held regular
summits and meetings aimed at "managing globalisation. Every February in 
the
Swiss mountain resort town of Davos, over a thousand of the worlds CEO's
meet along with a restricted list of politicians, academics and 
influential
media who are invited along. Discussions range from how to manage the 
Asian
economic crisis to surfing the internet revolution all with the aim of
extending market and corporate power.

Like the World Trade Organisation the world economic forum is a means of
promoting global policies aimed at weakening labour, removing 
environmental
protection and intensifying the transfer of wealth from the poor to the
rich.

At Seattle last year and Davos in February this year, coalitions of trade
unions, environmentalists and human rights activists protested the global
aims of the rich and powerful. In September this year such protest will
continue.

To ensure that we are able to organise a successful protest of the
neo-liberal policies promoted by the World Economic Forum we need to be
organised. You or any organisation should be involved in ensuring an
alternative to the policies of global elites is heard.

Contact the s11 alliance at <s11_@hotmail.com> for more information.

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