[Marxism] Hugo Chávez and Cindy Sheehan
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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
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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