In Venezuela, Senor Americo Martin, the official presidential candidate of the Revolutionary Movement of the Left (MIR), on thursday (13 July) filed his candidature papers to the Supreme Electoral Council in Caracas.
In Venezuela, Senor Americo Martin, the official presidential candidate of the Revolutionary Movement of the Left (MIR), on thursday (13 July) filed his candidature papers to the Supreme Electoral Council in Caracas. He later addressed a mass rally, giving a speech that strongly criticised the government of President Carlos Andres Perez.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands turned up for the MIR rally. It followed a march which they called the March of One Hundred Flags. MIR was launched in 1960 as a splinter group from Accion Democratica, now the governing party. Senor Martin, who was the sixth presidential candidate for the forthcoming elections, described himself as a former guerrilla fighter.
Voting next December will be the sixth presidential election since Venezuela's last dictator, General Marcos Perez Jiminez, was overthrown twenty years ago.
Senor Martin lamented what he called the loss of certain freedoms in Venezuela, the land of Simon Bolivar, one of the most renowned liberators in Latin American history. He contended that the great majority of his people were suffering from the lack of even basic necessities of life. According to government figures, inflation had risen eight percent last year, but the cost of living soared by twenty-three percent.
The government had promised to maintain prices at their 1977 level, but had said government spending had become a big problem, having trebled in the last four years since President Perez took office. The Cabinet has ordered spending cuts totalling more than four hundred and sixty-five million dollars, and announced that it does not want to ask for further international credits.
Senor Martin castigated the government on a wide range of issues. He accused it of had judgements and inefficiency, undermining the country's agriculture, and maintaining housing problems, the high level of infant mortality and continuing social inequality.