Irene León: “Defending Peace in Latin America, Especially in Venezuela is a Question of Dignity, but Also of Transcendence.”

Venezuela, with a developing coup d’état and a military invasion on its doorstep, has witnessed a large number of solidarity demonstrations from unions, social organizations and intellectual circles, among other sectors.

One of these voices is Irene León, Ecuadorian communicator and sociologist, author of various books and articles, she currently presides over the Fundación de Estudios, Acción y Participación Social (FEDAEPS), a space that has been working for more than 20 years in research and policy formulation on economics and social equality, diversity, feminism among other causes.

For León, it is fundamental to preserve peace in Venezuela, since it transcends the Latin American and Caribbean continent.

“For us to defend peace in Latin America and especially in Venezuela, so threatened at this moment, is a question of dignity, but also of transcendence, is the possibility that we can continue thinking collectively the projection of our societies from ethics, from the sentiments of humanity that are very different from individualism,” said the sociologist.

According to the president of FEDAEPS, this peace is threatened by a new wave of neoliberalism, under the hegemonic control of transnational capital, the speculative financial sector, the military industrial complex and the media corporations, and its epicenter is the United States.

“This composition of neoliberalism in the region, this return with force that is being committed now is already formatted and coordinated by new powers of capitalism, the factual powers, even above the very governments considered capital, are suprapowers that are being imposed throughout the world,” said the social communicator.

For Irene León, this dispute is far-reaching and pursues three main objectives: on the one hand, going beyond the material, placing the rights of capital over the people, nullifying citizenship, the positive axis, the possibility that people can decide for themselves.

In this sense, León said, “the Bolivarian project does not agree, and they do not understand it and that is what they want to eliminate, that is, the interest of the people, the vision of participation, the same vision of homeland and territory is no longer needed and is considered an accessory… they are trying to annihilate the political-ideological proposal”.

On the other hand, she added that Venezuela is one of the richest countries in the world in resources, “but also in possibilities of generating production with those resources and of seeing a shared future for the entire population,” she said.

She added that “the hoarding of mineral and oil resources is still the leading cause of how these invaders are driving the world, and in this sense Venezuela is for them the primary prey.”

Finally, she added that there are intensive pressures from arms sellers, from military technology, from the U.S. military industrial complex principally. For the Ecuadorian communicator, these ambitions are for greater hemispheric control and from there to consolidate their capacity to dispute world hegemony.

In summary, she revealed that “we are facing a dispute of values on the one hand, a dispute over resources and a dispute over control of the world, over a way of understanding the organization of societies that is becoming very removed from humanity.”

Main challenge

For Irene León, also a board member of the Latin American Information Agency (ALAI), Venezuela appears as the greatest challenge. “It is an example for others, with all the contradictions, difficulties and challenges that are still present,” she said.

León said that achieving peace means preserving a collective proposal of societies in the face of extreme individualism, in the face of the barbarity proposed by capital in order to dominate the world, and in the face of the rules of that barbarism which proposes to be regulated not by anything or anyone but by its own interests (those of capital) and by competition.

“We are talking about a set of rules that this transnational capital, of de facto powers with no homeland and no responsibility to anyone, are proposing as the modus vivendi of this new phase of globalization in the 21st century,” she said.

The sociologist and communicator pointed out that the main challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean is the road they have traveled as territories of peace free of military bases, an intensive struggle against the hemispheric projects of the United States.

“They have been consistently proposing that we be an extension of them (the U.S.) and their interests, so in our case (the proposition is) the preservation of complete peace -which is not only the absence of war- as Pérez Esquivel says, but a peace that implies justice, equality, that implies conditions for it to be lived, is a Latin American project, a project of our movements, of our peoples,” emphasized the Ecuadorian.


Translation by Internationalist 360°