Former Uruguay President Jose 'Pepe' Mujica is calling on “militant social organizations” across Latin America to attend the Continental Conference For Democracy And Against Neoliberalism next month in a bid to combat widespread political regression.
Scheduled to take place in Montevido between November 16 and 18 under the slogan “No Stepping Back! We, The People, Continue To Struggle!”, the meeting will attempt to interlink “struggles against the offensive of conservative and capitalist sectors in the continent”, according to the official website.
In a video message, Mujica urges Latin American organizations to convene at the meeting in order to share their knowledge of the various struggles on the continent and how best to win them.
“We will meet to share our experiences and learn from the struggles in which we are engaged in our various territories against the commodification of life and our resistance against transnational corporations,” says Mujica's call-out for the event.
The organizing group, comprising dozens of leftist organizations from across the continent, first met in November 2015 in the Cuban capital Havana, where they celebrated 10 years since the defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). In 2016, the same groups organized actions in a number of countries to mark their reorganization.