Summit on Latin American Youth Struggle

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By REDH / Source / The Dawn / February 12, 2016. The Ministry of Youth of the District Government Capital (Caracas, Venezuela) and the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity held, on February 11, a Summit on the struggles of Latin American youth in the Urquía lounge of Toromaima Government Building, in the Capital District.

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It was a rich space where representatives of various social organizations raised the important role of youth and the youth’s perspective in the processes of social transformation carried out in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela.13-300x180

On behalf of Argentina, went Nathalia Burunov and Leticia Labaké, from the Patria Grande organization. The origins of that organization date back to the time of the piqueteros, a social and political movement that went against the neoliberal corralito” (bank freeze) that subjugated Argentines in the early twenty-first century. The representatives commented that the regional level is complex, that Argentina was the first surprise for the left movements of Latin American, but neoliberalism is a project beyond the borders of each country of the Americas and youth will be the first aggrieved because this model does not free, it oppresses.


The Movement of Landless Workers (MST) was represented by Edson Bagnara, who belongs to the brigade that acts in Venezuela and has worked from the beginning with the Bolivarian Revolution.

Bagnara told that young people form an essential part of the Movement, as most MST members are young and the task of continuing the struggle for land tenure for the Brazilian peasantry is on their shoulders.


Colombia was present with the voice of Juliet Daza, a member of the organization Juventud Rebelde (Rebellious Youth), who created an internationalist brigade here in Venezuela with colleagues from other Latin American countries and expressed their willingness to work in the communities to exercise, in practice, the internationalism that the youth of Our America has, to be rooted in their daily lives.

From Venezuela was the MINKA-EPS, a collective located in La Pastora that has various productive projects such as shirt printing, urban planting, in addition to workshops of capoeira, dance, theater, screen printing, among other activities that seek to empower people with useful tools for personal and collective growth.


José Solórzano, representative of MINKA-EPS said that Youth have to get their hands dirty and organize at the level of communities to propose concrete actions to stop the onslaught of the right.

The other representative of Venezuela was Jose Manuel Tato, a member of the Cultural Left Front, a group of several schools in the Central University of Venezuela.23-300x180

He characterized, in general terms, the central role of youth in the processes of social and transformation and commented on the ideological tradition that all the academic institutions conceal in the country, because they take the young student and subtract them from their social reality. The conference left a great outcome because it discussed the need of a general articulation based on a number of specific projects to be announced soon.

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