Newsbrief: Radical Party Anti-Prohibitionist Wins European of the Year in European Voice Magazine Online Vote 12/6/02

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Brussels' Musées des Beaux-Arts was the scene Tuesday night of European Union-watching publication European Voice's ( Europeans of the Year awards, and the Transnational Radical Party's ( Marco Cappato went home with the top honor. Thanks in part to an e-mail campaign by the Italian Radikale, Cappato, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), leading international anti-prohibitionist activist and key partner in the DRCNet-initiated "Out from the Shadows" campaign, won in a landslide, European Voice reported.

Cappato was only weeks ago being chastised by a British magistrate for getting himself arrested for cannabis possession in a protest of the treatment of Manchester cannabis club owner Colin Davies and fellow MEP Chris Davies (no relation), who preceded Cappato in his act of civil disobedience. But Tuesday night he was among the recognized European glitterati.

Other award winners included: US Secretary of State Colin Powell (Non-EU Citizen of the Year), Pope John Paul II (Campaigner of the Year), EU Commission President Romano Prodi (Diplomat of the Year), assassinated Dutch leader Pim Fortuyn (Politician of the Year), and Irish campaigner for Romania's abandoned children and MEP Emma Nicholson (MEP of the Year).

In his remarks, Cappato praised European Voice readers for being open-minded enough to vote for both him and the Pope -- the Radical Party has incurred the wrath of the Vatican by successfully campaigning for the legalization of abortion and divorce in Italy. But Cappato also spoke about his parliamentary report denouncing plans for EU member states to snoop on phone, fax and e-mail communications. "The fight against terrorism should be a strong priority," he said. "But I also think that priority cannot in any way clash with basic and fundamental human rights and freedoms."

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