Reflections by Comrade Fidel
News about Chavez and Evo
Yesterday, Thursday 9, our attention was
focused on the tense situation in
Today, Friday, there is one more event of
great interest: after a successful trip
His trip to
The cable news published on April 8
reported the agreements that had been signed after the conversations held
between the presidents of
The cable news issued yesterday 9 reported the activities that, at the request of the President of China, Hugo Chavez attended on that day before beginning his return trip.
Cable news agencies gave a wide coverage
to all his activities in
They reported that the Venezuelan
President, Hugo Chávez, said he had reached an agreement today with his Chinese
homologue, Hu Jintao, to increase cooperation so that
“I suggested to him that, given the world
situation –the crisis- we should analyze the possibility and agree on advancing
the goal set under the strategic agreement for the year
“Achieving that supply volume, the construction of a Venezuelan refinery on Chinese territory and the creation of a bi-national shipping company for the transportation of crude oil were the priority goals pursued by Chavez’s visit.
“The Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez,
deemed today as ‘indispensable’ the construction of a platform of alliances between
The Venezuelan President, Hugo Chávez,
concluded today his visit to
“Xi is the Rector of the school where all
the Communist Party leaders have been trained since the foundation of the
People’s Republic of
“Yesterday, in a meeting held at the Great
People’s Palace, Chávez told Hu that
“He reaffirmed today at the
“We are in the process of founding our own Party School, which has been in place for hardly one year, and its founding nucleus should first attend this school, because we have started to shape up a great party with a clear ideology, which is socialism”, he reaffirmed.
Around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, President Chávez will do me the honor of visiting me. It will be extremely interesting for me to be able to know about the details of his trip abroad –more than 12 days, all in all- showing his unlimited confidence on the people, its increasing socialist awareness and the cadres that were left at the helm of the country.
Most certainly, during the day we will
receive more news about
At 13:15 hours I phoned Dausá. The news was that Evo still had not had any rest at 7:00 a.m. At that time he was given a copy of the Reflection I wrote today. He felt happy about it and read it before the journalists. He felt pleased to know that I was following the events very closely. After that he slept for two or three hours.
Dausá gave me more accurate information about the Parliament sessions. Both in the House –with 130 deputies, where Evo’s party has an overwhelming majority-- and in the Senate –with 27 Congress members, where the opposition is the majority-- laws are approved by a simple majority.
The problem is that the Provisional Electoral Act must be approved by a majority in both the House and the Senate. Since the oligarchy has a higher number of deputies within the 27 members of the Senate, it blocks its approval and demands conditions which are unacceptable, namely, to create a new electoral register, to reduce to only a few the number of special constituencies for the indigenous populations created by the new Constitution of Bolivia, which was approved by the people in the recently held elections, and finally to impose considerable restrictions on the voting rights of Bolivians living abroad –most of whom support Evo.
Through those demands they intend to deprive the Bolivian President of the increasing popular support he enjoys.
While a solution is negotiated based on a possible reduction of the number of indigenous deputies from 14 –as proposed by Evo-- to almost half, since the opposition accepted only three, they have started to create intrigues by saying that the indigenous President is betraying his own people. Thus, they intend to undermine Evo’s forces and challenge the electoral register, which will question the right to vote of 700 000 Bolivian voters. A similar goal is pursued by restricting and hindering the voting rights of Bolivians living abroad.
It is only logical that Evo does not
resign himself to suspend the elections or deprive a considerable number of
Bolivians from their right to vote by virtue of a challenge to an electoral
register whose quality has been approved by international agencies as one of
the best in
It is impossible not to recognize him or support him. The hunger strike does not affect in the least his intellectual capacity. “I am not looking for power for myself; I am looking for power for the social organizations” he stated and reiterated. His answers to the press are really eloquent.
Dausá reports that many of the opposition
parliamentarians, mainly those from
Evo, for one, does not give up in his
attitude, and remains firm, together with a group of leaders who accompany him
I heard another good news today at noon
during the national television news show.
Our friend Bouteflika was reelected yesterday for a third constitutional
term with the support of 90 per cent of voters.
That is good news for
Chávez arrived at 15:55. He came accompanied by Luis Reyes Reyes, Minister for the Presidency; Rafael Ramírez, Minister of Energy and Oil; Nicolás Maduro, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other cadres who went with him on his trip abroad. As soon as he sat down he began to tell me about his own impressions.
He felt very happy about his meeting with
Hu Jintao, President of China. He told
me about the extensive dialogue he had during his working visit, the last
dinner hosted in his honor at the People’s Palace and the visit he paid to the
Likewise he also met with his friend Chen
Yuan, President of the Chinese Development Bank, who is son to the former
President of that country during the first revolutionary stage. He also talked with the Minister of Foreign
Affairs. He highly praised the talent
and the working methods of
Meetings and visits took place with or without press coverage. He gave several interviews. Going through the reports published by the press agencies, he specified the words he had pronounced and those that resulted from the translation or the interpretation of what he had said; the press agencies broadly publicized all his activities.
He traveled back via
Among the topics we discussed at our
meeting, which lasted 2 hours and 50 minutes, we addressed several issues. I told him that
Paul Krugman, the Nobel Laureate in Economics, claims that quite possibly, in the next IMF meeting --which is held within a given number of years to assign certain currencies the condition of convertible hard currency-- the yuan will be included on a par with the dollar, the euro, the pound sterling and others. Those who control the world economy can no longer ignore it.
Evo could not be left out from our
conversation. I explained to Chávez in
detail all the information I got, his excellent state of mind and his readiness
to continue on a hunger strike until the end.
He called Evo on the phone and expressed to him his full
solidarity. Finally, he spoke about his
next visit to
At 21:54 hours I called Dausá and asked for some news.
The Congress, which was going to convene at 19:00 hours, could not meet out of lack of quorum. It was said to convene at 20:30 hours, but there was no quorum either. The TV channels showed images of the opposition parliamentarians at their respective Departments. García Linares felt sorry about their absence and said that attitude was bordering on offense. He said he would call a meeting again tomorrow, Sunday, April 11, at 12:30 hours. He added that there would be no other activity in Congress until the Law is approved.
Evo is fine. He was checked by the physician who accompanies him. The hunger strike by the leaders of different Departments in the country has continued, in solidarity with the President, despite Evo’s appeal that they should interrupt it until Monday. Today, according to the Secretary General of the Workers Central of Bolivia there are 1,027 workers in 96 pickets.
In a press conference given by the leaders of Coordinadora Nacional por el Cambio and the Workers Central of Bolivia they stated that if the parliamentarians’ absence from Congress continues, they will implement legal actions against them. He told me that he would visit the President tonight. He would take forty minutes to go from the embassy to the Palace. I promised to call him to say hello to Evo.
At 22:20 hours I called him. He immediately handed over the cell phone to
Evo. I had the pleasure to listen to his
calm but firm voice, confident on the justice of his cause. I conveyed to him our happiness on his good
health condition. I congratulated him on
his firmness and his calm and eloquent words, which do not insult or hurt
anyone. I told him about Chavez’s visit
and his attitude of solidarity towards him and
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 10, 2009