[Marxism] Hugo Chávez and Cindy Sheehan

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jan 30 07:30:23 MST 2006


NY Times, January 30, 2006
Antiwar Campaigner Speaks on Chávez Broadcast
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 29 (Reuters) — President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela 
joined Cindy Sheehan, the American antiwar activist, on Sunday to attack 
President Bush and promised to support her protest against the Iraq war.

Mr. Chávez has become a voice for many opponents of the Bush 
administration's policies who are drawn to his self-styled socialist 
revolution and his close alliance with the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.

"Enough of imperialist aggression; we must tell the world: down with the 
U.S. empire," Mr. Chávez said as he hugged Ms. Sheehan, whose son died in 
the Iraq war, and the widow of the Puerto Rican independence advocate 
Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, who was killed in a gunfight with the police last year.

"We have to bury imperialism this century," Mr. Chávez told her on his 
Sunday television broadcast. "Cindy, we are with you in your fight."

American relations with Venezuela have become increasingly antagonistic as 
Mr. Chávez campaigns against Bush administration policies in South America 
and as Washington portrays him as an antidemocratic threat to regional 
stability.

Ms. Sheehan was the latest American activist to appear on Mr. Chávez's 
Sunday program, where he discusses topics ranging from baseball and his 
life in the army to Venezuelan history and oil prices. Ms. Sheehan said she 
agreed with Harry Belafonte, the singer and activist, who recently called 
Mr. Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" on Mr. Chávez's show.

"The war in Iraq will end, our troops will come home, Bush will be 
impeached and he will be brought to justice," said Ms. Sheehan, who held a 
vigil outside Mr. Bush's Texas ranch after her son was killed.

Ms. Sheehan was in Caracas for the sixth World Social Forum, where nearly 
60,000 people met to protest American foreign policy and debate ideas from 
land reform for the poor to fair trade and indigenous rights. The forum 
began in 2001 in Brazil as an alternative to the World Economic Forum, an 
annual gathering of world leaders in Davos, Switzerland.

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