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Activists Gather to Jeer Globalization, Iraq War

January 25, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Amid drumbeats and trilling whistles, thousands of activists from around the world showed their opposition to globalization and the Iraq war at the opening of the World Social Forum backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

About 80,000 people signed up to attend the six-day forum, said organizers, who emphasized that the event was not intended as a rally for Chavez, although it received funding from his government.

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