Morales condemns capitalism and says that Bolivia will renounce wars

La Paz (EFE), May 22 – The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, affirmed today that capitalism “is the worst enemy of humanity” because it feeds bellicose conflicts created by transnationals, and assured that his country would renounce wars in the new constitution.

“The transnationals always provoke conflicts in order to accumulate capital... and this is no solution for the poor of the world, that is why I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is the worst enemy of humanity” said Morales.

The speech was given at the inauguration of the “5th Gathering of the Global Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity”, in the central city of Cochabamba.

Amongst the participants at the event were the minister of culture from Venezuela, Francisco Sesto, from Cuba, Abel Prieto, from Ecuador Antonio Preciado and the Bolivian vice minister, Pablo Groux.

The head of state added that the world needed to analysis other types of societies, different to capitalism, and signaled that it is not possible for some countries and transnationals to “continue provoking humanity” and “thinking of hegemony”.

In the forum Morales also stated that his party, Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), would work to ensure that the new constitution, which is being written up in the constituent assembly, enshrined that the country “renounces any war”.

“It is not possible for us to continue thinking of war. If there is war, there is a need to produce more armaments to kill humanity” underlined Morales.

“Instead of thinking of armaments, in more bullets that kill humanity, we need to think of producing food, more medications” he added, stating that the group of intellectuals gathered in Cochabamba needed to discuss how to “save the world”.

The international gathering of the network of intellectuals will analysis until tomorrow the conduct of the mass media in the processes of change in Latin America and the world.

Translated from Los Tiempos

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Culture Ministers Extol Morales Speech

Cochabamba, Bolivia, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Visiting ministers of Culture from Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador told Prensa Latina of the importance of Tuesday s speech by Bolivian President Evo Morales at the fifth meeting of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity.

Ministers Abel Prieto (Cuba), Francisco Sesto (Venezuela) and Antonio Preciado (Ecuador) all praised Morales' reference to capitalism as the principal enemy of humankind, with its foundation of individualism and lack of solidarity.

Morales' speech was a superb summary of what the Network in Defense of Humankind means and its struggle against any form of dominance, said the Cuban official.

Sesto noted that Morales' denunciation of capitalism synthesizes the conclusion reached by the revolution in which the peoples of this continent are living, and praised the simple style used to describe his government s actions in the service of his people.

The Ecuadorian minister described Morales' speech as very realistic and objective about all that is happening in Latin America and the world, and the methods used by the powerful to impose their dominance on humankind.

Representatives from 26 countries are attending the two-day meeting, with the defense of truth and the struggle against media manipulation as its central topics of discussion.

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