By Waldo Mendiluza, Photos: Ileana Piñeiro
Paris, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian Revolution changed the destiny of the indigenous communities of Venezuela, which have plenty of reasons to support and defend it, Minister for Indigenous Peoples Aloha Nuñez assured here this Thursday.
In an interview with Prensa Latina, after fulfilling an extensive agenda at the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference, the official expressed that for indigenous peoples, the revolution led by Hugo Chavez (1954-2013) marks a before and after.
There is much to say about it, to begin with we would say that in the 1961 Constitution only one article mentioned us, and not in a favorable way, the young woman of Wayuu origin explained.
According to Nuñez, that Constitution noted that mechanisms should be sought to make the indigenous people part of the nation, ‘that is, we were not part of it.’
‘We had no life, we must remember, we lacked rights, to receive some consideration the path imposed was to renounce our clothes, way of life and social organization,’ she recalled.
The minister highlighted that this scenario was left behind with the movement that brought Chavez to power in 1998.
‘With the Bolivarian Revolution everything changed, the current Constitution defines Venezuela as a multiethnic and multicultural country, and includes a chapter dedicated to empowering indigenous peoples, based on their recognition and guarantees of their rights to identity and political, economic and social participation,’ she underscored.
‘Today we have councilors, mayors, parliamentarians, constituents, a Ministry and a minister, thanks to the Revolution, a work that Commander Chavez started and President Nicolas Maduro has continued,’ she added.
According to Nuñez, there is much more to say, from access to education and health to the three million hectares of land delivered to indigenous people. 102 of the 140 requested land titles have already been granted, she added.
‘Not everything is done, there are things to improve and deepen, but the indigenous peoples are aware that only within the Revolution we can move forward,’ she stressed.
In her interview with Prensa Latina, the indigenous leader explained the impact of the US blockade and economic war to try to impose regime change in Venezuela.
As well as the entire Venezuelan people, these unilateral actions affect the indigenous communities that are located far from the cities and in border areas, she pointed out.
According to Nuñez, the imperialist crusade directly impacts essential aspects such as medical and food supplies, but the measures taken by the government and popular commitment make resistance and victory possible.
‘Beyond the blockade and what the US empire does, Venezuela possesses a people determined to resist and fight to maintain their Revolution, and the indigenous people are an active part of this,’ she insisted.