Hugo Blanco is a historic leader of the Peruvian peasant movement, who has been active for more than fifty years. In the 1960s he played a central part in the ‘Land or Death’ peasant uprising in the southern highlands of Peru. He was captured, and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The consistent struggles of the indigenous peoples of Latin America against neoliberalism and in defence of the environment are an inspiration to many ecosocialists across the world and this event, and other parts of the tour will give us an opportunity to find out more - including about the struggles in Peru which are less well known.
Today Hugo Blanco is the editor of the Cusco based newspaper Lucha Indigena, and part of the purpose of the tour is to raise funds for that publication. The indigenous organisation Aidesep have been intense conflict with the neo-liberal Peruvian government for several years, fighting to prevent the Amazon rainforest from being sold to oil and gas corporations. In 2009 Peruvian military police massacred indigenous activist at Bagua, Hugo Blanco will report on this struggle and the wider struggles of indigenous people in Latin America.
Hugo Blanco has been brought to Britain by two ecosocialist organisations Socialist Resistance and Green Left.
A biography of Hugo Blanco can be found here www.sfu.ca/las/news/documents/Biography_HugoBlanco.pdf
More events are being planned so please look out for updates
Saturday 11 September: Green Left/Socialist Resistance fringe meeting
:‘The Rise of the Green Left: Inside the Worldwide Ecosocialist
Movement’ with Hugo Blanco and Derek Wall. Venue: Cascade Suite,
Copthorne Hotel, Paradise Place Birmingham B3 3HJ [pedestrian access
from footbridge, between Paradise Forum and the War Memorial]. 7.30
Contact: Stuart Richardson firstname.lastname@example.org,
Tuesday September 14 London ‘The Rise of the Green Left’ Pluto Derek Wall book launch with Derek Wall, Hugo Blanco and Jeremy Corbyn MP, Bolivar Hall, Grafton Street, London, 7.30pm
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Saturday 18 September: Saturday September 18th
University of London Union,
Malet Street, London WC1. Nearest tube Goodge Street
Doors open (registration) 10.00
Seminar — 11.00 until 5.30.
Speakers to include: Hugo Blanco, Caroline Lucas MP (invited), Diana Raby, Derek Wall, Stuart Piper, Grace Livingstone, Amanda Latimer.
Entrance: In advance £12.00 (£4.00 unwaged). At the door £15.00
(£6.00 unwaged). Send a cheque made out to Lucha Indigena to
PO Box 62732, London SW2 9GQ.
Contact: Terry Conway firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday October 14: Brighton Hugo Blanco, Friends meeting House,
Brighton with Caroline Lucas and others
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Tuesday, 19 October Birmingham at 7.30 pm Socialist Resistance Forum:
‘Latin America: the Ecosocialist Alternative’ with Hugo Blanco. Venue:
Bennett’s Bar, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RS
Contact: Stuart Richardson firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 23 October: Manchester Climate and Capital 2 with Hugo Blanco