The People’s Summit, an alternative to the Summit of the Americas, kicked off today April 10, in Lima, Peru
Lima.– With the inauguration of the People’s Summit, an alternative to the Summit of the Americas, today, April 10, Lima became the capital of Latin American and Caribbean social movements, progressive parties and youth organizations committed to unity, anti-imperialism and the principles of justice and equality throughout the region.
The event, which will run through April 14, will be a “great act of continental solidarity,” stated Secretary General of the Peru’s General Confederation of Workers (CGTP) and one of the Summit organizers, Gerónimo López, speaking to reporters.
In this sense, López highlighted support for the Cuban Revolution and reaffirmed the commitment to progressive and left governments of Latin America and the Caribbean currently being “sabotaged by imperialism.”
According to the organizer, a mass anti-imperialist rally with the maxim “Trump out of Peru,” will be held on April 12, shortly before the U.S. President arrives in the country on his first trip to Latin America.
Meanwhile, Cuban reporter Carlos Rombambil, from Radio Cielo, speaking to Granma, noted that the Cuban people will be there to express the feelings of the people of Latin America toward Trump.
“On April 12 we have the duty to unite all our forces to show, with this anti-imperialist march, our opposition to the presence of Donald Trump and support for the Cuban Revolution, Bolivarian Revolution and progressive movements,” he added.
Also kicking off today will be the Civil Society Forum, a space dominated and exploited by the Organization of American States to persecute countries which do not respond to Washington’s interests.
The Cuban delegation, attending for the second time, criticized attempts by mercenaries and groups with links to terrorists to pass for supposed representatives of Cuban civil society, a strategy which was also used during the 2015 Summit in Panama.
The legitimate representatives of Cuban society arrived in Lima, April 8, and in a statement reaffirmed that they will participate in the forums being held parallel to the People’s Summit with “a great sense of responsibility and constructive spirit,” but will not tolerate provocations.
Civil Society, Indigenous People Present Vindications in Peru
Lima, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of organizations from civil society and indigenous people are vindicating here today the need to have a more independent, friendly, united American continent that promotes development and the wellbeing of its people.
As part of forums held parallel to the 8th summit of heads of State and Government of the Americas, which will take place in this capital on April 13 and 14, delegations from about 30 countries of the continent are meeting to analyze the current situation in the world and the region.
The demand for the overwhelming majority of American governments to implement more inclusive social policies, respect the aboriginal people’s view of the world and defend national sovereignty and independence stands out among the objectives of the debates.
Likewise, participants in those two forums and the Peoples’ Summit, which will open on April 10, will send unequivocal messages denouncing the United States’ hegemonic plans, particularly the pretention of revitalizing the ghost of the Monroe Doctrine.
Bernardo Dolmos, a member of the youth branch of the Patria Roja (Red Homeland) Communist Party of Peru, told Prensa Latina that the events prior to the summit will be an opportunity that must be taken by millions of Latin American people silenced by the power circles to raise their voices.
According to David Hernandez, a Peruvian Law student, the tribunes of civil society must defend the solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela and its president, Nicolas Maduro, from whom the Peruvian government withdrew the invitation to attend the hemispheric summit.
One of the invariable stances by social stakeholders and members of civil society in the Americas is to defend Venezuela and condemn Maduro’s exclusion from all activities of the summit, to demand an end to U.S. interference in some States in the region and to articulate strategies.
Peoples’ Summit will be an act of continental solidarity
LIMA, PERU.-The alternative People’s Summit that will take place in this capital April 10-14 will be a great act of continental solidarity, said Gerónimo López Sevillano, secretary general of the General Confederation of Peruvian Workers (CGTP).
López Sevillano, one of the organizers of the event, said in response to a question from the Cuban News Agency that the meeting should close with a collective declaration or manifesto agreed upon at the grassroots level, including the members of the National Unitary Command of Struggle, in which the union and popular sectors, the peasants, transportation workers, housewives, among others, are present.
The union leader said that the work will begin next Tuesday in committees that are already conceived and the opening of the Summit will be on the 10th in the afternoon.
Among the activities planned is an anti-imperialist march called Fuera Trump del Perú to be held on the 12th, which also seeks to raise awareness about the harmfulness of the neoliberal economic model they are trying to impose on the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean that brings misery, exclusion, hunger and destroys the environment and agriculture.
Geronimo Lopez condemned the sabotage of Yankee imperialism to the progressive governments of the region, which have implemented inclusive development models.
The United States is coming to Peru to see how to save the corrupt who are committed to robbing the country, like the last one who has just resigned, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, he added.
Peruvians have feelings of friendship with people like Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, and others, but we repudiate the presence of U.S. President Donald Trump, he said.
He said that to reassure Trump, his country’s Congress approved the entry of more than 500 U.S. Marines, which has generated a sense of rejection and condemnation.
In contrast to this attitude, he showed solidarity with the Caribbean Island, which he stressed, has always been at the side of the Peruvian people since the 1970 earthquake, contributing to science, doctors and professionals in the country.
We owe Cuba a debt and we support that people and nation, he stressed.
In the auditorium of the teachers’ branch, the People’s Summit will be inaugurated on Tuesday afternoon, inviting the leaders and former presidents of the region to join in the call for a better world.
The Cuban delegation to this event arrived in Peru on Sunday, made up of academics, journalists, sports celebrities, among others.