World Social Forum debuts in Arab world
[Dismantle Corporate Power banner at the Opening March of the WSF in Tunis, 27 March 2013]
The Tunisian capital celebrated the start of the four-day World Social Forum on Wednesday, the first in the Arab world, with thousands attending a march from the city center. Tens of thousands of activists from 124 countries, as well as members of the press, are in attendance.
Marchers chanted slogans for various human rights issues, including social and gender equality. The forum will cover a wide range of topics, from climate change to the international financial system, and end with a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians.
An array of organizations is in Tunis to oppose austerity measures across Europe, increasing debt, International Monetary Fund policies, and mass unemployment in parts of Africa and the Middle East.