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 The Venezuelan mission at the United Nations in Geneva has sent a notice to the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) labeling as "unreasonable" the latter's petition to release Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López.
HUMAN RIGHTS Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, gathered on Wednesday in Madrid. At the meeting, Rajoy expressed his concerns about the detention of the dissenter, whose immediate release was requested by the United Nations in a resolution issued recently.
LOPEZ'S CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of detained opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserted on Tuesday that "justice is militarized in Venezuela," because the Venezuelan government "has not observed" the resolution issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) asking for the release of her husband.