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World revolutionaries gather for summit against neo-liberalism

INDEPENDENT (London) 6 December 1999

World revolutionaries gather for their summit

By Nicole Veash in Sao Paulo

Guerrilla groups from across the Americas will today descend on an
Amazonian jungle town to swap tips on winning the revolutionary
struggle. Left-wing terrorist groups are to join with street
demonstrators fresh from battle in Seattle, in a corporate-style
convention to discuss the path to power.

More than 2,500 delegates, including the notorious Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia, the Mexican Zapatistas, the guerrilla group
championing Indian rights, and the Black Panthers are gathering in
Brazil for the five-day conference of revolutionaries, called the
"Humanities against Neo-Liberalism" summit.

Manoel Lima Amarel, event co-ordinator, said: "We are very pleased
that so many minority groups are joining together in Brazil to discuss
their causes. It is important for all oppressed Americans to support
each other and to work as one."

Conference organisers chose the city of Belem - situated on the
banks of the Amazon - because of its historical significance. In
1835, it was the site of a failed uprising by native Indians who were
protesting against the slave trade."Having this conference in Belem
reminds us how little has changed in the past 160 years," said Mr

Despite the presence of known paramilitary groups, the Belem civil
police have not objected to the gathering, although they will be
listening out for "inflammatory talk".

Conference organisers have banned delegates from exchanging techniques
on guerrilla warfare. Mr Amarel said: "This summit is not about
violence It's about ideology. There are other ways to destroy the
chains of capitalism without resorting to aggression."


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