Return of democracy and the dignity of the Bolivian people is analyzed in the online forum of the Simón Bolívar Institute

The resounding triumph of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) that led Luis Arce to command the Casa Grande del Pueblo on October 18 and restored dignity to the Bolivian people under the glorious banner of the Wiphala; as well as the defeat of the coup d’état and the return to the path of the unity of the Great Homeland to strengthen Latin American integration were part of the topics to be discussed this Monday in the telematic forum Bolivia retakes dignity.

The activity, organized by the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples, and within the framework of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Plurinational State of Bolivia, had the participation of the President of the Bolivian Senate, Andrónico Rodríguez, as well as the Bolivian Ambassador to Venezuela, Sebastián Michel and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Arreaza briefly recounted the aggression of imperialism in Latin America, which began in 2009 with the coup against Manuel Zelaya in Honduras; later, the parliamentary blows to Fernando Lugo in Paraguay and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, and in 2019 against Evo Morales.

Similarly, he spoke about how the correlation of forces in the region has been moving in recent years, and how that victory of the Bolivian people has become the impetus and hope that South America needed.

“We have learned and that pendulum that is returning must stay on the left, as José Félix Rivas would say, we have no choice, << necessary is to win >>”, said the Venezuelan diplomat.

Along the same lines, the Bolivian ambassador to Venezuela, Sebastián Michel, commented that with Luis Arce’s victory, not only the presidency was won, but also the people took power together.

Integration challenges in South America

Regarding the challenges to be assumed by youth in this new period, not only in Bolivia but in the region, the president of the Bolivian Senate emphasized that youth can not only be a builder of the present and the future, but that “they must be a laboratory of fight for the next generations.”

For his part, Ambassador Michel urged the creation of common initiatives and policies closer to the population, such as the creation of a single passport in South America, without migratory restrictions and that facilitates access to health, education, transportation and job possibilities.

Likewise, Foreign Minister Arreaza called for the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in the world to be given more economic and face-to-face strength. “We must recover the spaces -integration mechanisms-, it is in Celac where Latin America must converge”, he added, while recalling the importance of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), which is based on the life and social welfare of peoples.

It should be noted that, during the telematic forum moderated by the president of the Simón Bolívar Institute for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples, Carlos Ron, the Minister for Foreign Relations recounted the day of the recovery of the Venezuelan embassy in Bolivia, which was victim of “political cannibalism” when it was totally dismantled.

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