[Marxism] Left-Wing Activists Flock To Venezuela (BBC News Report)

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Wed Jan 25 09:54:09 MST 2006

Venezuela has been put firmly on the map of global left-wing activism this 
week, as more than 100,000 people take part in this year's World Social Forum 
which is being held in the capital city, Caracas. 

Students, trade unionists, politicians and academics from 54 countries have 
arrived at hotels, hostels and Venezuelan host families. 

Delegates from around 2,000 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are now 
taking part in an intensive programme of workshops, panel discussions and 
seminars which are critical of the free-trade policies at the heart of the World 
Economic Forum (WEF) being held this week in Davos, Switzerland. 

Caracas is by now used to staging big events for foreign visitors, many of 
whom oppose what they call "neo-liberal" economic policies and are critical of 
plans to set up a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). 

"It's obvious why Venezuela is such a magnet for tens of thousands of 
visitors," said Professor Edgar Lander, one of the main organisers of this year's 
World Social Forum in Caracas. 

"The revolutionary process being carried out by the government here has 
captured the imagination of the world." 


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