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World Social Forum opens debates under the Bolivarian signal

The Sixth World Social Forum opened Wednesday with its annual marathon of debates at the height of the "Bolivarian revolution" and a marked participation of the government of President Hugo Chávez, who arouses as much adherence as distrust among activists, Efe reported.

As stated in the Charter of Principles, the World Social Forum is "plural, diversified, non-confessional, non-governmental and non-party context that, in a decentralized fashion, interrelates organizations and movements engaged in concrete action at levels from the local to the international to built another world."

Additionally, it states that the involvement of governments and political parties is possible by invitation and for some specific activity.

However, in Caracas, Chavezism is present not only in hundred proposed activities, but also with regard to organization.

To those willing to learn about the process heralded by President Hugo Chávez, hosts offer tours on impoverished areas in the capital city, where the government has focused the development of social programs.

Also, for the first time in the history of such events, the Internet site of the meeting contains widespread advertising on the "accomplishments and progress" in Venezuela since 1999, when President Chávez took over.



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