From Latin America, Political Postcards and Humidification by Jean-Luc Melenchon – Liberation

After fifteen days of touring between Mexico, Honduras and Colombia, the rebel leader returned to France on Tuesday. He was able to meet many heads of state and hoped that the recent victories of the left would spread there to Europe.

The two towers of the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral overlook the city. Jean-Luc Melenchon stands on Friday 15 July in front of this jewel of Baroque architecture, built in the 16th century and pointing to its 64-meter-high cross. The leader of the French left is not a tourist. He is there to talk politics. He is expected to be received by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in an official meeting in his office. Melenchon flew to Central and Southern America on July 12, and was hoping to return with him “Tutorials”. “I shall hydrate myself politically, return to indulge myself, and plow my political imagination.”He explained before he left.

After a grueling electoral sequence, during which he narrowly passed the second round of the presidential election, and then established a historic union of left-wing forces, the rebel leader settled in three countries where “major political events” for him “political family” : Mexico, Colombia, Honduras. “The peoples of Latin America are coordinating new episodes of citizen revolution. They are choosing, one by one, torn left-wing governments.he wrote in a blog on the day he arrived in the Promised Land.

So for fifteen days Melenchon met with heads of state, ambassadors, ministers and even former presidents, without losing sight of the French situation. You realize what’s happening in Latin America Not exportable as is.He wants to believe that in spite of everything, “It is Latin societies that prefigure our societies”. The historic victory of left-wing opponent Gustavo Petro in Colombia may be particularly inspiring. “His show shares a lot with ours.”Melenchon confirms.

“Cut with neoliberalism”

Latin America has always been Mélenchon’s favorite stadium. He loves to spend summer there and goes there almost every year. Just as much by intellectual fascination as by ideological philosophy. “What the hell am I doing here? Why Latin America? Because it’s the only place in the world where I’m cut off from neoliberalism”He said in 2019, during a trip that took him on the roads of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The subcontinent is a laboratory for those who dream of seeing the triumph of the “pink wave” in Europe similar to what happened in the early 2000s (in English, “Pink Tide”) which seems to be happening again today. He gives in his mouth: “Several countries decided to break the chain of neoliberalism through the ballot box.”.

To understand this attraction to Latin America, we must draw on Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s personal journey. Part of his family, the paternal side, comes from Spain. Above all, the nanny who surrounded him in Tangiers (Morocco), where he was born, was Spanish. Therefore, he is fluent in the Cervantes language. The man who had spent more than thirty years in the Socialist Party first appeared in politics in the early 1970s, at the time of the coup against Socialist President Salvador Allende in Chile. Later, his interest in the region will be revived, thanks to the coming to power of Lula (Brazil), Hugo Chavez (Venezuela) and Evo Morales (Bolivia). “What we see in Europe today has already been done there.Mélenchon wrote in 2007 in his book seen left.

This year, the program of his trip to South America was crowded. Each country has its own theme. In Mexico, he spoke about water, a topic he cherished and regretted not being talked about enough during the presidential campaign. Often, the rebel leader remembers how ‘The question is important’. In Honduras, the organization of the Constituent Assembly was at the center of discussions. A measure that featured prominently in the platform of President Xiomara Castro, who was elected in January. Finally in Colombia, ecology is put on the table. “Gustavo Petro has focused on ecology in his program and his political approach. He is one of the few heads of state on the new Latin left who has such a clear awareness of this centrality and urgency of dealing with climate change.writes the former deputy.

The anti-globalist vision that the defender of the Sixth Republic held for several months finds a special resonance here, as Latin America stirs up the greed of its North American neighbor. Other issues such as the defense of public services and common goods were addressed.

position and components

10,000 km from Paris, Jean-Luc Melenchon does not forget to knock on Emmanuel Macron, RN and LR who he described as ‘The worst right in Europe’. While talking about the purchasing power law that was discussed in the assembly as a project “silly” And the “unfair” Because it’s supposed “dissociable” And the “environmentally hostile”. In addition to impressing him, the Melchonian wanderings in the lands of South America seemed to delight his interlocutors. Shortly after their meeting, leftist Colombian Senator Armando Benedetti presented the French leader as a “gradual” and one “A defender of workers’ rights and the redistribution of wealth”while greeting a “political phenomenon” Who did not hesitate to defend Minorities during the last French presidential election.

Back in France on Tuesday, Jean-Luc Melenchon gave a positive assessment of his trip, allowing him to further cement his status as a statesman above battle. The challenge now is to see if the good ingredients harvested there will work here.

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