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Havana.  January 8, 2013

Intellectuals of the world in solidarity with Chávez

Laura Bécquer Paseiro

THE Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity Network has joined peoples and individuals desiring the prompt and total recovery of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

Intellectuals of the world in solidarity with ChávezA Network message signed by thousands of intellectuals, artists and young people from more than 90 countries gives "a fraternal embrace to the revolutionary people of Venezuela and expresses their most heartfelt solidarity, in the profound confidence that President Chávez will overcome all his difficulties."

It also affirms "the historic duty, of supreme importance, to reiterate President Chávez’ call for unity."

The text was read by Luis Morlote, president of the Hermanos Saíz Association, during a press conference (held simultaneously with one in Caracas) in the ALBA Cultural Casa in Havana.

Miguel Barnet, president of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists, stated that the document "is so that Chávez knows that he is not alone and to send him a breath of optimism and energy from all the peoples of Latin America and the world."

"It also serves to refute the malign campaign unleashed by the extreme and recalcitrant right of Venezuela and many other countries in relation to Chávez’ state of health and the future of Venezuela and Latin America," added Barnet, who described the Bolivarian leader as "the author of a project for the renovation of our socialism."

Edgardo Ramírez, the Venezuelan ambassador to Cuba, acknowledged the daily demonstrations of solidarity with Chávez arriving from different parts of the world.

During the meeting, Ana María Pellón, coordinator of the Cuban chapter of the Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity Network, confirmed that the Cuban Five had added their names to the message of support.

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