Four policemen have been tailing José Bové, the French farmer and activist,
who is in Brazil to attend the second World Social Forum - the anti-capitalist
counterpoint to the Davos World Economic Forum in New York.
Mr Bové became the unwitting star of last year's inaugural event, also
in Brazil, when he helped destroy a plantation of genetically modified soya and
was ordered to leave the country. He has returned to Porto Alegre as an organiser
of the summit, which has grown from 4,000 delegates last year to 40,000 this.
Under the banner of "Another world is possible", the broad collection of left-leaning
activists is set to discuss alternative visions of how the world should work.
Nobel laureates like Guatemala's Rigoberta Menchu and Argentina's Adolfo Perez
Esquivel are expected to attend the forum, which was started in 2001 with the
intention of becoming an annual mirror to Davos.
Six French junior ministers and three French presidential candidates will be
present, as will United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Mary Robinson.
"It's about the policies governing globalisation that give a pre-eminence to
economic and business concerns to the complete exclusion of labour, human rights
and judicial concerns," said James Garrison, a delegate to the forum and chief
organiser of the Commission on Globalisation.
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