foe groups converge on massive social summit in bolivia
They came to discuss important regional issues including agriculture, migration and citizenship, indigenous peoples, militarization, the environment, GMOs, women's struggles, resistance and Latin American integration.
Called the Social Summit for the Integration of the Peoples, this meeting was held in parallel with the 2nd Summit of Presidents of the South American Community of Nations. The FoE members from Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Bolivia and Costa Rica who took part also attended a mass mobilization of people, as more than 30,000 packed a Cochabamba stadium for the close of the social summit. The summit’s organiser, Hemispheric Social Alliance, said the attendance exceeded their expections. Important progress was made, with participating organizations issueing a number of demands and proposals to the South American presidents.
As Ecuadorian indigenous leader Blanca Chancoso said, “We decided to say ‘no’ to the death agreements, which are the free trade agreements, to say ‘no’ to the military bases, and ‘yes’ to rejecting the privatization of natural resources”
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