Santiago, Chile, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) The 2013 Summit of the Peoples in Chile begins its activities today, with the participation of more than 120 social movements in parallel events to the meetings of heads of atate and governments to be held in this capital over the weekend. The first Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU) will be held on January 26-27 in Santiago, while the first CELAC summit meeting will run from Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27th, to Monday, Jan. 28th.
Meanwhile, the meeting of the peoples, which will run until Sunday at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Chile, will analyze issues relating to sustainable development, environmental protection, respect for indigenous communities and social topics such as health, education and labor matters.
According to the agenda for this summit, a march is scheduled for today afternoon, but according to organizers, the Municipality of Santiago said it has not still authorized the march, to begin at that part of the university and conclude at the central Plaza de Armas.
“The march has a absolutely peaceful, cultural and festive character…it is not a protest, far from it,” said the president of the Confederation of Workers of Chile, Barbara Figueroa. According to Figueroa, people are concerned “by a very complex scenario where everyone runs the risk that, as a result of the European crisis, solutions might be sought at the expense of resources from other regions, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean.”
That is why the voice of the people has become very necessary, from social groups, union organizations, and all those who are not participating at the CELAC-EU Summit, she said.
Organizers of the event said that it is geared toward social and environmental justice, solidarity and unity among nations and peoples of Latin America and Europe, the defense of common property, and the rejection of the marketing of nature and life.