Life can’t amount to working, paying bills, accumulating debt, former Uruguayan President says


During the Continental Conference for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism, former President of Uruguay, José Pepe Mujica, said that “Defending free time and liberty is a question of principle.”
“Human life can’t amount to — as capitalism dictates — working, paying bills and accumulating debt,” Mujica in Montevideo. The Conference is aimed at organising against neoliberal policies that impact Latin America and the rest of the world.
Known as the world’s poorest president, Mujica advocated new policies and strategies of resistance that are needed to combat the social and ecological threat of capitalism in the continent.

Friends of the Earth President Karin Nansen joined Mujica at the conference, discussing the part that transnational corporations play in the instability throughout certain regions,  citing the coups in Brazil, Haiti, Honduras, and Paraguay, as well as the ongoing issues in Venezuela with President Nicolas Maduro.

“These companies are active participants in state coups in our continents due to their interest in natural resource extraction,” Nansen said. “And it’s fundamental that we formulate joint strategies to resist transnationals.”

Speaking at another event, Marcelo Abdala, president of Uruguay’s Union of Workers-National Convention of Workers, said Uruguayan unions will continue to fight collectively and, “live, love and struggle” for a just world, “like the revolutionaries.”

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Eman Cheema

Eman studies Ethics, Society, and Law at the University of Toronto, and also minors in Philosophy and Gender Studies. When she's not teaching or lawyering every other bro on here, she's busy eating tacos.

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