Globalizing the Struggle and Hope

The hemispheric meeting Defeat FTAA, ten years late,r will meet in Havana until Sunday

By: Yaile Balloqui Bonzón

Email: yaile@juventudrebelde.cu

2015-11-21 | 15:57:15 EST
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It was in the early days of November 2005 when everything changed. During the celebration of the Fourth Summit of the Americas in Mar de Plata, Argentina, former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva of Brazil; Hugo Chavez of Venezuela; Tabare Vazquez of Uruguay and the host, Nestor Kirchner, heard the continental cry and buried the continental free trade agreement proposed by the United States, known as the Free Trade Area of ​​the Americas (FTAA), a brutal attempt to recolonize the continent.

From then the political map of Latin America was transformed and, a decade after these events, the need to review what has been achieved so far and drawing up new strategies of popular struggles is needed when the continental Right seeks its way with new strategies in the imperial style.

To do this, from this Friday, delegates from 160 organizations and popular movements from 24 countries is meeting in Havana in ‘The defeat of the FTAA, ten years later’ hemispheric meeting, where formulas to redirect aims to join the fight and open a second chapter of resistance .

In the opening ceremony, Yaniska Lugo, an official of the Martin Luther King Centre, Cuba, noted that the intention of this event is to work together with certain movements and social organizations" are responsible for the continuation and deepening of the processes of change in the region and we must go on the offensive in building an agenda of unity that prevents the total return of neoliberalism."

"Globalize the struggle. Globalize hope" is the motto that directs these leaders of 108 organizations, which until Sunday, defend another chapter of the struggle that is essentially against free trade and the neoliberal policies that attempt to disrupt the Latin American and Caribbean integration and leaves behind the social gains that have re-invigorated the peoples of the region.

The opening of the continental event was chaired by Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera, member of the Secretariat and head of International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Party; Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), among other Cuban leaders and representatives of social organizations.

Translated by ESTI

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