7 Mar 2013

Hugo Chavez RIP

Dear friends,
International committee has agreed the following statement and I am going to tonights candle light vigil (see below) as well as signing the book of condolences in Bolivar Hall,
best wishes,
As International Co-ordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales I would like to offer condolences to the Venezuelan people for the loss of President Hugo Chavez.  Along with  Jean Lambert MEP, Richard Mallender then chair of the Green Party Executive and other members of the Green Party, I had the pleasure of meeting Hugo Chavez when he spoke in London in 2006.

Venezuela is one of the few countries in the world that has become more equal in the last decade.  Hugo Chavez did so much to create community development and social inclusion boosting health care, housing and education.  He was a friend to those in the barrios and indigenous people.  While Venezuela, like Britain in the 1980s, has an economy highly dependent on oil, their government has been an advocate at climate negotiations of strong cuts in CO2 emissions. While cancer has taken Hugo Chavez, his legacy, like that of Simon Bolivar, will live on.

Derek Wall

1) Following the sad death of President Hugo Chavez the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign is calling a candlelit vigil tonight (Thursday) 7th March, 6pm by the statue of Simon Bolivar in Belgrave Square, London, SW1X.
The nearest tube is Hyde Park Corner. You can view a map at http://goo.gl/maps/8cCxU Please bring your own candles. Amongst those saying a few words will be Alvaro Sanchez (Venezuelan Embassy,) Alicia Castro (Argentinian Ambassador,) Ana Alban Mora (Ecudaorean Ambassador,) Guisell Morales-Echaverry (Nicaraguan Charge D'Affaires,) Verónica Paola Melendres Argote (Bolivian Charge D'Affaires,) Nara Filipon (Brazilian Workers' Party,) Dr.Francisco Dominguez (VSC,) Billy Hayes (CWU General Secretary,) writer Seumas Milne, Professor Doreen Massey, Aaron Kiely (NUS Black Students' Officer,) Adrian Weir (Unite the Union,) & Jeremy Corbyn MP.

2) The Venezuelan Embassy has opened a book of condolence for members of the public who wish to show their respects to President Chavez  
The book of condolence is open for signing at Bolivar Hall, 54-56 Grafton Way  London, Greater London W1T 5DL on   Thursday, 7 March(09:00 to 19:00,) Friday 8 March (09:00 to 19:00,) Saturday 9 March (13:00 to 17:00.) Alternatively you can send messages of condolence to condolences.venezlon@gmail.com

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