The World Social Forum held in Venezuela "is part of the
way that will take us to the 21st Century Socialism," Brazilian
pro-government Partido de los Trabajadores (PT) stated in
a press release issued Wednesday, as quoted by AFP.
During a press conference, PT Secretary-General Raul Pont jumped in defense of the government of President Hugo Chávez. "It has adopted crucial measures for his country."
"Chávez has been accused of being authoritarian and a dictator, but he just won elections," the leader added.
PT also expressed "immense happiness for the election and inauguration of President Evo Morales in Bolivia and Michelle Bachelet in Chile."
"With this, governments become an integral part of a block composed already of Hugo Chávez, Néstor Kirchner, (Brazilian President) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and (Uruguayan President) Tabaré Vázquez, who head leftwing, progressive governments, the cooperation of which should be further consolidated, and the number of which is intended to be larger in 2006," the communiqué noted.
LOPEZ CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, met on Friday with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
HUMAN RIGHTS Pictures published on Thursday show the national coordinator of opposition Voluntad Popular party Leopoldo López and former mayor of San Cristóbal, Táchira state, Daniel Ceballos calling for their own release and that of all the political prisoners in Venezuela, pursuant to a ruling issued by the United Nations Organization last October 8.
LOPEZ'S CASE Tanzanian lawyer Roland Adjovi, one of the five members of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, noted that the resolution urging Venezuela to release opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Daniel Ceballos "is binding upon the government," and added that the authorities had to "observe the group's decision."