Approximately 30,000 people have gathered in Santiago, Chile for the “Right to Live in Peace” Concert, organized on Sunday, March 24, to protest foreign intervention in Venezuela and the recently created right-wing South American block ProSur, according to organizers.
“South America has never accepted an external military intervention, but now there is a tangible threat of subjugation of the continent by force,” founding member of Chilean Inti Illimani Jorge Coulon said Sunday, adding that the concert “will be in favor of the self-determination of the continent for the right to live in peace.”
The popular group is part of more than 20 other bands and singers that participated in this free concert that took place in Paseo Bulnes, in Chile’s capital center. Illapu, Sol y Lluvia, Moral Distraida, Villa Cariño, Banda Conmoción, Folckband, Ankatu Alquinta, Legua York and the lead singers Evelyn Cornejo, Carmen Prieto, Tomo Como Rey, Francisco Villa, Manual de Carroña, Juan Ayala and Hector Pavez were also part of the repertoire.
“This initiative comes from many social organizations to say no to the intervention in Venezuela and yes to self-determination and yes to peace. From that rises a need, when we are seeing an arrival of a very conservative right-wing sector through Prosur, thus it is fundamental that we organize ourselves,” explained the President of the Confederation of Students of Chile, Karla Toro.
Also, as the President of the Association of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees, Lorena Pizarro said, this is an opportunity to protests Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to Chile, adding that “a fascist like Bolsonaro cannot come to Chile and roam like nothing, reproducing his hate speech”
The concert reached the leader of the legendary band Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, who through a video supported the initiative and invited citizens to participate. “To watch that evil empire (U.S.) trying to destroy Venezuela is sickening. The coup failed. My heart is with you. We are strong and will win this battle in the end,” added Waters.
Organizations such as the Unitary Workers’ Center, National Coordinator of Migrants, Union of Workers of Dance Artists, Confederation of Copper Workers encouraged others to participate; as most young social, political and youth movements did, such as the Communist Youth, Progressive Youth, Autonomist Movement, Commons, Libertarian Left, New Democracy, SOL, Miguel Enriquez Rebel Youth, Equality, MAS-IC, Socialist Youth and the Humanist Party.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro thanked Monday the initiative of different social movements in Chile, which spoke in favor of Bolivarian sovereignty during the concert For the Right to Live in Peace in Venezuela.
The Head of State tweeted they will maintain the struggle to preserve social stability and Latin American unity.
The FM Jorge Arreaza also described the concert on Twitter as a ‘beautiful initiative for the sovereignty and preservation of Our South America as a Zone of Peace’
‘Tens of thousands of Chileans attended Sunday the concert For the Right to Live in Peace, in Santiago. Thanks Chile! United, We will always win! ‘Arreaza tweeted.
In the event held in Santiago there were over 20 groups, including groups such as Inti Illimani, Illapu, Sol y Lluvia, Moral Distraida, Villa Cariño, Banda Conmocion, Folckband, Ankatu Alquinta, among others.
The initiative is part of the global call of the different solidarity movements, which advocate the self-determination of peoples.
Organizations of the southern nation, such as the Central Unitary of Workers, the National Coordinator of Migrants, the Union of Workers Artists of the Dance and the Confederation of Workers of the Copper joined de concert.