This video from Brazil says about itself:
World Social Forum 2009 Opening Parade, Belem, Brazil.
Belem, Brazil, Jan 27, 2009
Tens of thousands of Brazilians and social activists from around the world opened the World Social Forum today, marching, chanting, and dancing through the streets amidst a torrential downpour that lasted several hours. There is a renewed significance to the WSF, the worlds largest anti-neoliberalism event, at a time when the neoliberal economic model itself is in extreme crisis amidst ongoing financial institutional failures.
From British daily The Morning Star:
Activists celebrate opening of World Social Forum in Belem
(Wednesday 28 January 2009)
OVER 100,000 socialists, environmentalists and indigenous activists marched through the Amazonian town of Belem on Tuesday for the opening of the World Social Forum.
A carnival atmosphere prevailed at the rally despite heavy rain, with Japanese peace campaigners marching alongside Amazonian indigenous people and Brazilian Communist Party members waving hammer-and-sickle flags.
Social justice campaigners from 150 countries are taking part in the ninth forum and presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Fernando Lugo of Paraguay and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela will join them on Thursday.
Pres. Evo Morales Stresses Incompetence of Capitalism: here.
How Brazil’s new statute is set to benefit its black citizens: here.