Spreading the word

by Richard on May 25, 2008

New Statesman takes another look at Esperanto and it’s use by anti-globalisation activists

There have been many attempts to spread the word (or vorto in Esperanto), but the latest spurt of enthusiasm comes from among contemporary anti-capitalist organisers hoping to use it to facilitate international action.

The Esperanto League for Freedom in Hokkaido (Libera Esperanto-Asocio en Hokkajdo), one of the many Japanese groups co-ordinating the anti-G8 summit protests, explains that it sees Esperanto as a “symbol of equality and internationalism”.

Its goals are twofold: first, to see Esperanto used to aid communication between Japanese and foreign activists; and second, for the anti-G8ers movement to stimulate study of the language.

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Brian Barker 05.25.08 at 9:47 am

You might like to know that eight British MP’s have nominated Esperanto for the Nobel Peace Prize as well. Other detail available on http://www.esperanto.net


Hilary Chapman 05.25.08 at 12:01 pm

Saluton al vi, Richard

My wife and I have just come back from the morning service at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Penrhyn Bay. The service, arranged and presented by young people - in Welsh, of course - stressed the oneness of mankind and our obligations to other people.

This blog prompts me to ask if you have already moved to the north.Do let me know. I was at the British Esperanto Congress earlier this month and there I met Harrty Barron, a competent Esperantist from near Machynlleth, who is moving to Wrexham. I wonder if we have the strength here to host the British Congress in north Wales (in Llandudno?) in 2010. What do you think?

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