World Social Forum in Brazil


This music video is called Hasta Siempre Comandante Che Guevara.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Latin leaders take the stage at forum

(Friday 30 January 2009)

SOUTH America’s leading socialists got a heroes’ welcome from 100,000 activists at the World Social Forum in the Amazon on Thursday as they demanded a humane alternative to global capitalism.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that the time has come for the world’s progressive forces to “leave the trenches,” propose solutions and “launch a political ideological offensive everywhere.”

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was showered with boisterous cheers as leaders took the stage in a cavernous convention centre for an evening rally that lasted more than six hours.

Mr da Silva said that the election of US President Barack Obama showed that the left was making progress.

“It is impossible to imagine that a country that 40 years ago shot Martin Luther King would today elect a black president,” he said, adding: “This means things are changing – not with the speed we want, but they are changing.”

Mr da Silva blasted former US president George W Bush, saying that the Iraq war would be his legacy and that his presidency served as a negative example for mankind.

“The world cannot elect any more presidents that do not listen to social movements, that do not listen to the people,” he said.

Earlier in the day, advocates for landless Brazilians gathered in a sweltering gymnasium and roared in approval as Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa belted out the Cuban classic Comandante Che Guevara.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s ruling party nominated Dilma Rousseff as his successor.

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