Society last day of the meeting of the Global Forum began with a speech by former U.S. presidential candidate, Senator John McCain. His speech sounded a hymn of democracy and social networks as a tool to achieve it. According to McCain's wrong to talk about the events in North Africa as the "Arab Spring", this is a global process involving Burma, China and the world. After all, there is no way to stop the information. An important factor in the beginning of the "Solidarity" was the organization of typography at the Gdansk shipyard. Now, this is the role of facebook and Twitter.
Further meetings of individual sections of the forum participants discussed the problems of the transatlantic partnership and European security starshynyavannya of Poland in the European Union and the role of youth and new media in the struggle for democracy.
The star of the recent debate has been Egyptian blogger Israa Abdel Fattah. She talked about how she got the letter from the Cairo factory worker who was about to throw a strike against low wages. And why only the employees of the plant, because it affects all Egyptians — asked myself a blogger. During the discussion of this idea in the Facebook community the idea of joint protests. According to her, the effect has surpassed expectations themselves bloggers.
Israa Abdel Fattah, a girl-facebook.
After the start of the demonstrations Israa was arrested, but later released at the request of the demonstrators. Tahrir Square Isru called "girl-facebook». Yesterday she, among others, has been awarded the freedom of the Atlantic Council, the organizer of the Global Forum in Wroclaw.
Here I want to back up a bit and talk a little bit about the awards ceremony.
Laureate Ronald Asmus, U.S. diplomat, who died this year, representing Alexandr Vondra, Czech Defense Minister. Kind words about the laureate said in videavystupe former U.S. Secretary of State Medlen Albright. Minister Vondra handed widow Ronald Asmus award from the Atlantic Council, as well as from the Czech government.
Veteran "Solidarity" Vladislav Frastynyuk represented by their peers and colleagues — the creators of "Gazeta Wyborcza" Helena links and Adam Michnik. "Without you, there would Solidarity" — he said, referring to the winners. Helena was the creator of the underground links "Solidarity" after the introduction of martial law. In remarks after the ceremony, she said that freedom for their country — it is best that you can win in life.
Adam Michnik in his speech expressed his gratitude to Andrei Sakharov and stressed that the award, which he received — it does not reward him personally, and the newspaper. He remembered Belarus, saying that for him, this country — is Dobrarus, beautiful country of good people who are doomed to unhappiness. "But after the longest night comes the morning. And we will leave you with a bright sun of freedom "- he said, referring to the Belarusians.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski in lyavreatskay speech reminded that in many places in the world there is a struggle for freedom: the blood flowing in the streets of Iranian cities in Belarusian prison sits journalist Andrei Poczobut. The minister reiterated to the president Komorowski, which help the fight for freedom in unfree countries, Poland pays debt to Western countries, who helped her when she was not free.
The BAJ Jeanne Litvin, receiving the award, also recalled the case Pochobut, as well as other journalists who were arrested and convicted, the closing "Autoradio", the threat of closure of "Nasha Niva" and "Narodnaya Volya". "Belarus is judged journalism as a profession," — said the Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.
Ales Bialiatski, Chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" told us about the repression hit the non-governmental organizations in Belarus after December 19, as in the 5 months since that day in the office of the "Spring" search and seizure did 4 times. "It is unacceptable that Europe remained a totalitarian regime," — said the human rights activist.
Several winners' speeches quoted the words of former U.S. presidential candidate, Senator John McCain, the best thing in the world — is to fight for what you anymore.
Senator himself in his speech welcomed fellow laureates — Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat and Isru Egyptian blogger Abdel Fattah, representatives of the countries where democracy has won.
"Once a peaceful democratic revolution will come to Belarus" — said John McCain.