Left-wing intellectuals from Latin America have gathered in Venezuela for a solidarity conference on the plight of exiles and those living under "authoritarian regimes".
Left-wing intellectuals from Latin America have gathered in Venezuela for a solidarity conference on the plight of exiles and those living under "authoritarian regimes". The conference was held in the city of Merida -- about 750 kilometres (450 miles) from the capital, Caracas.
SYNOPSIS: About 125 delegates from Latin American countries attended the solidarity conference, but there were representatives of international organisations there as well. Conference President, Francois Rigaux, told his audience that solidarity by international organisations and groups of exiles had aided people suffering under the "yoke of dictatorial regimes".
Senor Rigaux--and other speakers--agreed that the advancement of democracy in Latin America did not only depend on the elimination of authoritarian regimes. Much depended on the will of the people. They had to be determined to create a democratic society in which political, social and economic rights could be expressed to the full.
Resolutions reached at the end of the conference will be placed before various world bodies for further action. One problem which received close attention was that of the exile in a foreign country. Delegates cited the instability of a group of Chilean exiles now living in West Germany. The Chilean exiles felt they were shunned by German society an found it difficult to adapt to their new surroundings.
Most speakers agreed that instability among exiles was caused in the main by uncertainty about their future. On the other hand, there were many exiles who were optimistic and who prepared themselves carefully for the day when they would return to their native land to work for its political and social development.