Chavez Confirms Participation in Brazil Social Forum

Caracas, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez confirmed participation in the Ninth World Social Forum being held in the Brazilian city of Belem until Sunday.

Chavez said at a rally that he would be there on Thursday morning to meet Presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) and Fernando Lugo (Paraguay).

We are rising to make Latin America free and great, said the Venezuelan president, who added that those forums seek solutions to the poor nations' problems. According to organizers, representatives from some 4,000 social movements from 150 countries will be able to express their viewpoints at nearly 1,000 daily events, including workshops, seminars and meetings.