Sat Jul 7, 2012
“That is something you have to consider in today’s battle, the leftist movements of Latin America,” Chavez stated at the closing ceremony of the three-day forum in Caracas on Friday.
“Comrades! What beautiful things, the movements that have begun in Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, and in Brazil; in Central America, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and a lot of other countries. I am fortunate to have seen the births of these movements with all of you,” he added.
Chavez also affirmed the positive effect of the forum in helping left-wing governments get elected throughout Latin America.
The 18th San Paulo Forum, held in Venezuela for the first time, was called the largest gathering ever of leftist parties in Latin America, with some 600 representatives from political parties, as well as government leaders, attending the gathering.
The forum was first organized by Brazil’s Workers Party in 1990 in Sao Paulo and addresses various issues, including food, safety, immigration, labor movements, and climate change.
The forum adopted the Declaration of Caracas, which condemns neoliberal economics and claims it is one of the major causes of the world’s lingering economic crisis.
The forum also condemned the Paraguayan “parliamentary coup,” in which the lower house of country’s legislature impeached President Fernando Lugo for “poorly discharging his duties” and the senate voted to remove him from office on June 22.
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