The Americas: A New Political Force

The doors of the rundown mansion in Caracas were open wide, and the crowd spilled out to the street. From a flag-draped speaker's dais inside, a red-faced orator roared into a microphone. "We are proud that the bankers don't like us.'' said Dr. Gonzalo Garcia Bustillos, 35. "The oligarchic classes hate us, and we are proud of it. Our strength is with the working class and with the youth.'' In front of him, a student claque chanted, "Less rich, less poor, less rich, less poor." and from outside came shouts of "Rusia no! Yanquis no! Latinoamérica si!"

The meeting was...

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