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WSF 2009 Highlights 31 January

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AMAZZONIA WORLD SOCIAL FORUM - BELEM DO PARA' BRASIL. THIRD DAY OF THE MEETING OF THE WORLD CIVIL SOCIETY E SOCIAL MOVEMENT TO FACE THE GLOBAL WARMING AND THE FINACIAL CRISIS Today at the World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil, Jawari Indigenous people marched on the UFPA campus. Interviews with: Puinapa from Javari Valley; Katu, WSF volonteer from Basque Countries; Outtara Diakalia, African Social Forum; Anibal Quijano, sociologist from Perù; Francisca Pancha, La Via Campesina, Chile

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Jawari Indigenous from the Amazon Region Call for Help
BELEM, BRAZIL (January 30, 2009) Today at the World Social Forum in
Belem, Brazil, Jawari Indigenous people marched on the UFPA campus.
The march began with a call for help by the United States and other
governments to end the suffering that is destroying their race.
Diseases such as malaria and hepatitis, among others, continue to
plague the Jawari and their numbers are dwindling. Also, the tribes
are calling for sovereignty over their land and food. In the spirit of
the anti-globalization, World Social Forum, the Jawari people asked
for intervention by governments to help them combat capitalist
multi-national corporations that are spoiling and exporting their
natural resources, their only hope of survival.

00:00:26/00:00:01.46            Puinapa from Javari Valley
I came here to the FSM to declare our situation because our relatives
are dying and in 2004 I lost two sons with delta hepatitis and the
brazilian government is not providing a solution; that is why we are
here. I came to talk to the president here at the FSM. The president
talked but didn't listen to the us, indigenous. We came to the press
because we can't stand anymore seeing our relative dying. I came here
to see if the president of the US and the presidents of other
countries can offer a solution. Besides that, we want to ask for the
support of doctors, which we had once provided by ong, although they
left. We want the support of these organizations, this is why we came
here to talk to you.

00:02:11/00:02:53       Katu, WSF volonteer from Basque Countries
For us, this forum is an absolute success. We have thousands and
thousands of people more than the number we expected at both
universities, rural and federal. We have more than 100,000 people
already registered and also thousands of journalists registered. We
have more than 2,000 indigenous people that have come from all over
Latin American, especially from the Amazon forests (cuencas) and the
Andies mountains and more than 10,000 people coming from Europe,
Africa and Asia. So, we can say that this is successful and that it is
a good preparation for the next forum.

00:03:13/00:04:41       Outtara Diakalia, African Social Forum
I came here to the forum in Belem because it is held in this moment of
financial collapse; it is this crisis that gives to the movement  the
right to build an alternative, to build  "another world is possible"
because the capitalist system is at it's end.
Secondly I liked the importance that was given to the indigenous issue
and my couriosity is to see how all these social movement themes are
going to integrate in the altermondialist process.  The third is the
enviroment issue and how the social movement can approach and ideal
solution for the whole planet and how we can live in peace. What
concern the african  delegation particularly this year is the
financial project with the EU, we went to see interesting workshops as
we attended at the forums in porto alegre and bombay. I also attended
workshops on the EPA and on the African Brasilian relation.

00:04:42/00:06:36       Anibal Quijano, sociologist from Perù
When a huge mass arises, which is not a social movement, it's a new
movement of the society that is formed mostly by the people whose
survival depends exclusively upon materials that are being sold as
merchandise. If their last resources of survival become sold by
others, they will not survive. And they are millions, they are not
only the Latin American indians, they are the many who can't survive,
depending only on the market. Eighty percent of the world population
of about 6 billion people today have access to less than 18% of what
the world has and produces. On the other side, 20% has control of the
80% left. It's clear that it is not possible to live without a market
system, but also not possible with only the market. So, there are
thousands of millions of people who daily need to not be made into
merchandise.  And, on the contrary, nobody can live without the state,
but also not with the state only,  which works exactly as an agent for
big, multinational corporations and here, is socializing the great
losses, fictitious losses. So it's not possible to live only with the
state. That is why there's a movement in society, for many a very
conscious event, a world indigenous movement, now for the first time
clearly conscious of this. Some of these people that learn to live
with and without state, with and without market are becoming conscious
of this. This is a new phenomena,  a new horizon where the merchandise
and the profit are not in the center anymore. This is what I'm calling
a new horizon in a historical sense. This is what's new. We are living
with the future, which has already started.

00:07:25/00:09:02       Francisca Pancha, La Via Campesina, Chile
Food sovereignty is addressed by the forum. Today, it becomes a
mandatory issue of any debate that aims to look at the future ahead,
and it's been addressed on the energy issue, with the building of
alliances, and with rights issues. I think we made a big and very
important step. Food sovereignty is inside the forum, it's with the
women that are coming with their farmed produce. They are the women
that are bringing the food besides the official food business, but
there is the sovereignty of food, it's with the person that is beside
me, with whom I'm sharing.  I think these are important moments when
we realize this politic challenge of Via Campesina. It is a challenge
of hope but also it's a challenge that builds up alliances, that calls
for the fight, but above all it compels us to have hope. That's why we
say that our proposition is food sovereignty. Our demand is "enough of
the ministry of agriculture, enough of these capitalist systems of
domination" and that's why we globalize the fight. But to globalize
the fight we joint a lot of hope, but not throwing hope to the air,
they are the hope of the earth, the hope of life, the hope of a better
tomorrow, it is the hope of a good living.

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