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On Monday March 5, member states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) will come together to denounce attempts to intervene and interfere in the region. The Summit, being held at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, and presided by the country’s President Nicolás Maduro, will serve as a platform from which to demonstrate to the world, regional unity and support for Venezuela. The encounter will see members of the integration mechanism reiterate their vehement rejection of U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies toward the region, above all a return to the Monroe Doctrine – a centuries old instrument promoting U.S. intervention in Latin America - as well as those of the right wing and their allies on the continent. Member-states will also reaffirm their solidarity with Venezuela, hosting the event, and condemn interference in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian nation by a group of other countries from the region. Members are also set to express their objection to the decision to rescind Venezuela’s invitation to the Eighth Summit of the Americas, set to be held in Lima, Peru, as it goes against the aims and principles of the United Nations Charter and Proclamation of Latin America as a Zone of Peace, signed in Havana in 2014, during the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.


Meanwhile, the legacy of Comandante Chávez will be recalled in Havana, with a series of activities organized by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and Venezuelan Embassy in the Cuban capital. A cultural-political act will take place on the morning of March 5 in Havana’s San Gerónimo University College entitled “Sowing love in the soul of the people;” while the afternoon will see a tribute ceremony to Chávez at the ICAP headquarters, where participants will reaffirm their solidarity with the government and people of Venezuela, which has been subjected to threats and acts of aggression by the United States and Organization of American States (OAS). Meanwhile, activities will also be held in Venezuela in the 23 de Enero neighborhood in Caracas, and Cuartel de la Montaña, where the remains of Comandante Chávez are buried. Likewise, a crowd is set to congregate outside Venezuela’s parliament building to express their support for regional integration.