Closing the Forum

For many it is sad to think that the Forum may not return to Porto Alegre again. We were surprised to learn that the closing ceremony has been scheduled for the morning (8.30 am) of the last day (31 January). We were expecting the final march of the Forum 2005 to start at 11.30, but if ever there was such an idea it has been abandoned. There seems to be a deliberate attempt to tone down expressions of the Forum that may affect the smooth running of the city.