The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in Nicaragua meeting his counterpart Daniel Ortega as part of a parallel anti-Bush Latin American tour. Chavez told a rally: “Today the head of the empire is going around trying to extinguish the blaze. He won’t be able to. Not this empire, nor a thousand empires will put out the Sandinista, Bolivarian, popular freedom flames rising up from these lands.”
As President Bush travels through the region, Chavez is calling in on neighbouring countries that share his views. On Sunday, Chavez was in Bolivia, meeting president Evo Morales and the president of the Cuban national assembly. Chavez and Morales signed a series of agreements to strengthen their ties. The Venezuelan leader repeated his criticism of the US calling it “a guilty empire of neoliberal capitalism, which is the cause of poverty and misery”.