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Uruguay: mourners pay tribute to acclaimed writer Eduardo Galeano

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By Euronews
Uruguay: mourners pay tribute to acclaimed writer Eduardo Galeano

<p>Mourners have gathered at Uruguay’s Legislative Palace to pay their their final respects to Eduardo Galeano. </p> <p>The journalist and author died earlier this week after a battle with lung cancer. </p> <p>Uruguay’s president is among those paying tribute to Galeano, a man regarded as a leading light in Latin America’s anti-capitalist movement. </p> <p>“He has been an outspoken speaker on the cruel reality of our very diverse Latin America. He was a gladiator giving a voice to those who are most humble, those who don’t have a voice,” said Tabare Vazquez.</p> <p>Peruvian author and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has put aside political differences to also pay his respects to Galeano. </p> <p>“He created an image of Latin America that was a caricature, dogmatic, profoundly mistaken,” said Llosa.</p> <p>“But this does not stop me from recognising that he was an excellent journalist and his passing is undoubtedly a significant loss for the culture of our language and for our Uruguayan culture.”</p> <p>Galeano’s writing career spanned half a century. He is best known for his seminal 1971 book called “The Open Veins of Latin America.”</p> <p>The work describes the colonial-era scramble for the region’s riches by European powers, followed by Britain and America’s economic dominance in the twentieth century.</p>