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This Happened—December 6: A Venezuela Military Man Is The New Face Of Latin America's Left

Founder of the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 (MBR-200) in the early 1980s, Hugo Chavez went on to be elected president of Venezuela in late 1998, serving until his death in 2013.

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How did Hugo Chavez rise to power?

Chávez led the MBR-200 in an unsuccessful coup against the Democratic Action Government of then President Carlos Andrés Pérez in 1992, for which he was imprisoned. After serving two years, he founded the Fifth Republic Movement political party and was eventually elected president of Venezuela on Dec. 6 1998, receiving 56.2% of the vote.

What is Chavismo?

Hugo Chávez considered himself the leader of the so-called “Bolivarian Revolution,” with a socialist economic program for much of Latin America, named after Simón Bolívar, the South American independence hero. Beyond the programs of helping the country's poor, Chávez's leadership was based on nationalism and a strong military. His ideology became widely known as simply Chavismo.

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Mayan And Out! Living Proudly As An Indigenous Gay Man

Being gay and indigenous can mean facing double discrimination, including from within the communities they belong to. But LGBTQ+ indigenous people in Guatemala are liberating their sexuality and reclaiming their cultural heritage.

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The March of Dignity in Guatemala

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CANTEL — Enrique Salanic and Arcadio Salanic are two K'iché Mayan gay men from this western Guatemalan city

Fire is a powerful symbol for them. Associated with the sons and daughters of Tohil, the god who bestows fire in Mayan culture, it becomes the mirror and the passage that allows them to see and express their sexuality. It is a portal that connects people with their grandmothers and grandfathers, the cosmos and the energies that the earth transmits.

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