Representatives of 70 leftist parties and movements, from socialist and centrist to radical Marxist, participate in the work of the seminar. Delegates from Communist parties of Russia, Germany, China, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, North Korea, representatives of Frente Amplio, which brought Tabare Vazquez, the first president-socialist, to power in Uruguay, the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Latin American movements fighting against the governments of their countries gathered in Mexico.
The leftist meeting is aimed at consolidating their efforts against neo-liberal models of economy and policy of globalism imposed on the world by the United States, the participants believe.
In an interview with RIA Novosti, Russian delegate, State Duma deputy (KPRF) Anatoly Lokot stated, " In our opinion, the global leftist center is located in Latin America at present. Liberal reforms of the beginning of the 1990s and the followed economic crises sobered up the peoples of the continent and forced them to search for new ways of development. A member of the Labor party has been elected president of Brazil, a supporter and a follower of Che Guevara - in Argentine, a staunch opponent of US globalism - in Venezuela. The socialist Cuba continues to maintain strong positions in Latin America. We believe socialist parties of Asia, primarily China, and leftist movements of Latin America can constitute a nucleus of international opposition toward the American model of world order," Mr. Lokot stated.
"Russia's Communist party is regarded here as a force that can consolidate leftist movements. Our colleagues respect our opinion and welcome our presence at any important event. Together with other parties we participate in organization of annual leftist seminars," underlined Anatoly Lokot.