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Indigenous recognition keeps growing strong

The vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Psuv) Diosdado Cabello, highlighted today the protagonism won by the native communities in the country, on the occasion of Indigenous Resistance Day.

During the anti-imperialist march that takes place here in commemoration of the date, the leader commented on all the measures of political and social inclusion that has propelled the Bolivarian revolution for 18 years to the benefit of the native peoples.

Recognition of the culture of the original communities, respect for their social rights and their inclusion in politics and decision-making at the national level has been a fundamental line of government for almost two decades, said the deputy.

Cabello criticized that the governments of the right did not promote the real history of what was called the 'conquest', which meant the European invasion initiated by Christopher Columbus, who in 1492 stepped on American soil to initiate a series of massacres, looting, mestizaje And transculturization.

"They never told us about the extraordinary effort that our indigenous people did to resist the whole massacre of Spanish imperialism during more than 300 years of war," he said.

He emphasized that October 12 was known as the Day of the Race, until in 2002 the then President, Hugo Chávez, issued a decree to commemorate Indigenous Resistance Day as a way of vindicating the ancestral rights of the indigenous peoples Which for centuries were oppressed by imperialist sectors.

Today the indigenous peoples of Venezuela have a real role in society, their lands and their culture are recognized, while in the past they were used by the right for electoral purposes, he added.

Since 1999, indigenous communities have made important advances in the vindication of their rights, promoted by the Bolivarian government, among them the recognition in the Constitution and its inclusion in social benefit missions.

Other significant actions promoted in recent decades are the Organic Law of Indigenous Peoples and Communities, the Law on Demarcation and Guarantee of Habitat and Lands of Indigenous Peoples, the Law on Indigenous Languages, and the creation of the Ministry of Popular Power for Indigenous Peoples .