A “far-right hurricane”? How a Spanish party intends to fight the left in Latin America (and face the Sao Paulo Forum)

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The advance of the left in Latin America worries the Spanish far right. At least this is what seems to be at the origin of the announcement of the leader of the Vox party, Santiago Abascal, who announced that this political formation was going to create an international institution to fight against “communist drift”.

“We are basically building relationships to create an organized forum of opposition to what has been the Sao Paulo Forum and the Puebla Group,” Abascal said at a press conference last Monday.

Although he did not give more details on the functioning of the institution, he clarified that he was “An international structure” that it will function “as an authentic opposition in defense of freedoms and democracy”, in what Vox calls “the Iberosphere”.

The politician stressed that the intention is to go beyond a declaration of intent: not a letter, not a manifesto. The goal, according to Abascal, is to form a forum that brings together visions that oppose the alleged “Communist drift” region of.

Iberosfera?

This is not the first time that this type of international initiative has been disseminated by the Spanish ultra-right formation which, that same year, launched a series of scholarships aimed at young leaders through the Disenso foundation, led by Abascal, to “train the future of leaders in the public and social sphere wishing to defend freedom on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Yet the undeniable change in political leadership in Latin America has prompted the far-right party to step on the accelerator. The recent victory of leftist Pedro Castillo in Peru; strengthening the leadership of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Alberto Fernández, in Mexico and Argentina; as well as the resurgence of integration initiatives like the Community of American and Caribbean States (Celac), coupled with the weakening of forums like the Lima Group (born within the Organization of American States), are signs which Vox sees with concern.

In fact, at the end of last year, the Abascal formation promoted the signing of the Madrid Paper, a document signed by leaders of the Spanish and Latin American right that, among other things, warned that the region would have been “kidnapped by totalitarian communists – inspired regimes” which “infiltrate the centers of power” through initiatives “Like the Sao Paulo Forum and the Puebla Group” impose your “Ideological agenda”.

In this letter, the signatories proposed “to work together in defense” of their values ​​and principles, or what amounts to the same: promoting anti-immigrant, anti-feminist, homophobic and ultra-conservative policies. The goal? Fight the left in Latin America and call it a “threat”.

The list of politicians who signed the document included former de facto Bolivian government minister Arturo Murillo, currently imprisoned in the United States for corruption; the former metropolitan mayor of Caracas and a fugitive from Venezuelan justice, Antonio Ledezma; as well as right-wing leaders in countries like Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, El Salvador, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, the United States and the United States. Colombia.

Almost a year after this Madrid Charter, Abascal’s announcement signals that the declaration of intent has already turned into concrete actions. One of them would be this new international structure targeting the “Iberosphere”, what Vox calls countries “which share a deeply rooted cultural heritage”, which includes the United States and Canada.

The ambitious project should receive broad financial support, judging by the recent revelations surrounding the emergence of the environmental party, whose rise to power would have been favored with the juicy financing of “great fortunes”, according to the leak of more than 17,000 internal and confidential documents of ultra-Catholic Spanish organizations revealed by Wikileaks.

Democratic regression?

The very day of the half-announcement of the leader of Vox, an article on the Internet site of the Disenso Foundation, which assures that “democratic erosion is more palpable in the nations ruled by a left similar to the Forum of Sao Paulo”.

The list of nations “demonized” by the author of the article is, as usual, at the top of Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, with however the inclusion of Mexico in fifth place after Honduras. The conclusion is not free, since Caracas was designated to bring “the Bolivarian hurricane” in the region, through the forum of Sao Paulo, and the Mexican president was in charge of reviving the group of Puebla, with the president of Argentina, at the same time as the decline of the Lima Group.

For the far right, these movements which promote regional union and tend towards the more progressive left, cause “great institutional damage to the Ibero-American democracies” and, supposedly, are directed from Cuba so that the specter of ” communism ”frightens the systems. . “liberal” politicians.

“If the forces of the Forum are gaining ground, the transition to authoritarianism seems inevitable”, assures the author of the text. Vox’s bet is to prevent this from happening and the turning point in the region approaching the Brazil of Jair Bolsonaro or the United States of the defenestrated Donald Trump, unleashing a reverse ideological storm in Latin America that confronts the Sao Forum. Paulo in a kind of “far-right hurricane”.

Nazareth Balbas

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