Chavez: 'Latin America Is Waking Up, and No One Can Stop It'
Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2007
by Kiraz Janicke
November 9th 2007
"Latin America is waking up and no one can stop it" Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said in a brief statement to the media as he arrived in Chile for the 17th Latin American Summit, Friday. Chavez, who was received by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and other Latin American leaders in Club Hipico, Santiago, added, that he was "very happy to be in the land of Allende."
The principal theme of the summit, which concludes on Saturday, is ‘Social Cohesion' and the search for a more inclusive society in Latin America.
Chavez said he supported the deliberations of the summit, which will approve two documents; the Declaration of Santiago and a Plan of Action, which will propose joint initiatives to deal with labour, health, education, taxes and corruption issues in Latin American states.
Although, he argued, "I don't much like the word ‘cohesion.' It is better to speak of social transformation; it is a more dynamic term in comparison with the word cohesion, which denotes statism."
Latin America is waking up, he declared, and nothing nor anyone can stop it. "There is an awakening of millions of people, indigenous, women, campesinos, and this is the most important thing because individually we do not make history, rather it is the people that make history."
However, he warned, "The Latin American rightwing is lining up to attack the Bolivarian revolution." They aim to undermine, "the series of changes that we are carrying out...a process of changes that has resonance in the region," he said, "using the power of the mass media to externally sell a surreal image of what is happening in Venezuela."
"They are preoccupied with what is happening in Venezuela," the Venezuelan president continued, "because what is happening is a revolution; a moral, political, democratic and peaceful revolution."
The oligarchy and rightwing elites of the continent, Chavez said, "Fear the Bolivarian revolution, this is why the attack us so much and satanize us."
These same elites that attack the Bolivarian revolution, Chavez explained, "are those that failed when they had the destiny of Venezuela and the region in their hands.
"The neoliberal rightwing failed in the 1990s to reduce poverty and misery," and now "the cause of this failure is being defeated by the revolution," he explained.
Chavez also criticised "the obscene blockade of Cuba" by the United States, and demanded that they comply with international law and hand over terrorists Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, wanted for the Cuban airline bombing in 1976, that killed 73 people
Venezuela, with the support of Cuba, has solicited the extradition of Posada Carilles, a Venezuelan national, from the United States in order to charge him over the Cuban airline bombing. However, so far the US has refused to hand him over.
"I hope for the fall of North American imperialism, because this imperialism obeys no one. It only obeys its own obscene interests. This century, maybe in the first few years of this 21st century, North American imperialism, which has done so much damage to the Latin American people, will fall."
Chavez also plans to attend the parallel Summit of the Peoples at the University of Science and Art (USA) in Santiago, which opened this morning with a series of debates on social, environmental, economic and cultural themes, with an emphasis on the inequalities that afflict the continent.
Rector of the USA, Carlos Margotta, who inaugurated the summit, said it "aims to consolidate a platform of popular demands and strategic objectives for all the peoples and their organizations throughout the continent."
Forums throughout the summit will address the social problems experienced by millions of Latin Americans, and ways to end political exclusion and discrimination in the region. It will also deliver a document elaborated over three days of debate to the government leaders at the Latin American Summit.
The Summit of the Peoples will close on Saturday with a massive event in the Velodrome National Stadium, at which Chavez is expected to speak, along with Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, as well as Carlos Lage, the vice- President of Cuba.