Thousands protest Bush in Argentina

U.S. President George W. Bush listens to a question from the American media about his administration during the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina November 4, 2005. REUTERS/Larry Downing

By Mary Milliken and Kevin Gray
MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (Reuters)
Thousands of marchers on the streets of a heavily policed Argentine resort protested on Friday against U.S. President George W. Bush and his free-trade push as leaders from the Americas convened for a contentious debate on improving Latin America's economy.

The protesters' voice inside the summit meeting room will be Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the leftist leader who opposes Bush's economic model. He arrived early Friday vowing to stop the stalled Free Trade Area of the Americas or FTAA.

"I think we came here to bury FTAA. I brought my shovel," Chavez told reporters.

Chavez is due to speak at an alternative Peoples' Summit at midday before the two-day meeting of leaders begins in the afternoon.

A train sponsored by Chavez pulled in at dawn Friday carrying celebrity sympathizers including Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona and joined busloads of university students, rights activists and labor-union members.

Read the rest, with pictures, here.


  1. The mainstream media also failed to report that Chavez and most of the protesters were Communists...

    "but when you go carrying pictures of Chaiman Mao...You aint gonna make it with anyone anyhow..."

  2. There were carrying pictures of Chairman Mao in Argentina? That doesn't sound right to me. The Chinese Gov't is just as bad as any tyrant gov't anywhere around the world - as far as I know!

  3. Yep... They were wearing thier "Che" shirts along side of Mao. If you're unfamiliar with CHE Guevara go here:
    Honestly though.. Castro and Chavez are not your friends either.


Aldo Leopold: "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

keywords: peace, justice, truth, love, wisdom, common sense, ethics, nonviolence, compassion, communication, community, egalitarian, equitable, society, culture, future, politics, government, public interest, sustainability, economy, ecology, nature, beauty, urban issues, environment, wilderness, energy, industry, reciprocity, karma, dignity, honor, patience, life, photography, music, flowers, and more!