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Former President Samper warns about advance of Latin American fascism

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Montevideo, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Former Colombian President Ernesto Samper warned here about "a dangerous advance of fascism in Latin American" against regional integration processes.

They are de facto powers that are not interested in preserving “the three constituent cores of the region’s political project, which was to defend it as a zone of peace in the world, that all changes be made in democracy, for the people’s power and that human rights be respected.”

In an interview with Uruguayan newspaper La Diaria, Samper said that the attitude of the leaders of the radical right wing “is to reject any possibility of bilateral or regional understanding.”

He described such an attitude as nationalist populism which consists in affirming national borders as the only reason for the concern of governments.

This makes any possibility of integration practically impossible, he added, noting that Argentine President Javier Milei is an example of this.

I would dare say that his project is a conservative proposal in institutional terms, he further said.

It is a schizophrenic project that starts from the basis of absolutely freeing all controls so that people can do whatever they want, including the possibility of survival, he pointed out.

The former Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) affirmed that Latin America has never been as disintegrated as it is today.

This is confirmed, he said, by the way it was handled during the Covid-19 pandemic. He recalled that the continent, with eight percent of the planet’s inhabitants, accounted for 30% of deaths from the disease.

If Latin America had had the Health Institute it had before, in Rio de Janeiro, with UNASUR, if the South American Health Council had met, in which all the ministers participated, perhaps we would not have reached the dramatic situation the region underwent, he concluded.

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