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Bairbre de Brún to address meeting of World Social Forum

28 January, 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will today (28 Jan) address a meeting of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on the topic of privatisation and globalisation.

Others addressing the meeting will include Meena Menon of the Social Forum of India and Francois Houtart of Cetri (Centre Tricontinental based in Belgium).

Speaking in advance of the meeting Ms de Brún said:

"It makes absolutely no sense for anyone who claims to have a social conscience to plan for the wholesale privatisation of services and at the same time talk of introducing measures to alleviate the hardship that such privatisation will bring, especially for the poor. Better by far to defend the provision of quality public services and to promote a positive social and environmental agenda.

"It is especially important that we oppose any attempt to put the privatisation of services at the heart of future relations between the EU and the developing world. This issue is of particular concern to those who have spoken to the MEPs attending the World Social Forum in Brazil this week."

Ms de Brún and the other MEPs in Porto Alegre this week have also met party leaders of the government party of Brazil (PT), and of other parties participating in the World Social Forum. Ms de Brún has also carried the SF 100 message to the World Social Forum (Sinn Féin is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2005). She has also attended meetings with a number of social movements and has carried out a number of television and radio interviews. ENDS

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