After his recent referendum failure for a change of Venezuela’s Constitution, Hugo Chavez used a phrase of Alexandros Panagoulis in order to stress the fact that he is going to continue his political agenda. Reportage Without Frontiers presents the relevant video, which is part of a series of impressive images and filming in Latin America.
In Amazon, Texaco, the American oil company, used the jungle as a disposal centre, that is, dumped the waste from the oil extraction. The native people that live in the area talk about a cancer epidemic that appeared, which was responsible for the disappearance of six native tribes. At the Quito (Ecuador’s capital) barrios, people talk about an abjection, after the abolition of the national currency, which was replaced by the American dollar. In Venezuela, in the equivalent poor neighborhoods of Caracas, the patients in the new public hospitals admit that they met a doctor for the first time in their lives.
The overthrow of the socialist President of Chile Salvador Allende in 1973 was the beginning of transforming the whole of Latin America into a US colony. Nevertheless, today in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Nicaragua –where the Sandinistas regained power- the new socialist Presidents challenge the new liberal model and try to find alternatives. The American President Richard Nixon had justified the Chile military coup with the theory of the “red sandwich”, which would squeeze the USA between Chile and Cuba. Although such a danger never existed the new changes in Latin America are testing the north-American hegemony.