UN executive forced to say sorry over video stunt

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10 October 2006, MADRID — The executive of a United Nations famine relief programme was forced to apologize to the Spanish parliament for a video stunt which featured four men breaking into the chamber.

10 October 2006

MADRID — The executive of a United Nations famine relief programme was forced to apologize to the Spanish parliament for a video stunt which featured four men breaking into the chamber.

Eveline Herfkens, executive coordinator of the UN Campaign for the Millennium, told the chamber on Tuesday she was "profoundly ashamed" about the affair.

Her agency, which is based in New York, had paid a Spanish PR agency to film the mocked-up break-in to the chamber.

Four hooded figures got into the parliamentary chamber and left a note on Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's chair, calling attention to Third World poverty.

The agency enlisted a security guard, who was sympathetic to the Campaign for the Millennium cause, who allowed the hooded raiders in by giving them security passes.

The resulting video was published through YouTube on the Internet and become an overnight sensation in Spain.

Herfkens told deputies: "As an ex parliamentarian from my own country I understand the gravity of this affair and I share the indignation that you must all feel."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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