Anti-Bush Protests Across Latin America

March 12, 2007

Hundreds of thousands of people in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia and other Latin American countries are coming out in protests during George Bush's six-day trip.

On Thursday, March 8 (the first day of Bush's trip) at least 30,000 protestors in Sao Paulo, Brazil rallied under the banner "Bush, Out!"

The next day, some 50,000 people filled the soccer stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela addressed the rally. On the same day, tens of thousands of people joined other demonstrations in Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia. Demonstrations will continue throughout Bush's visit.

The demonstrations are part a continent-wide movement against U.S. economic domination and political dictate. In particular, banners, slogans and literature denounced "neo-liberal" economics based on U.S. ownership of the natural resources and industrial infrastructure of Latin American countries. The protests supported the polices of nationalization and increased social investments. As part of these movements, several governments in the region, including Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador are taking new steps to defend their sovereignty, nationalize U.S.-owned industries and take the path of independent economic development.

The demonstrations also denounced Bush and the U.S. government for its aggressive wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.