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.
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
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
"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.