Poet Pinter attacks US for Georgia ‘hypocrisy’
Harold Pinter delivers his verse at the Bolivar Hall
BATTLING cancer Nobel prize laureate Harold Pinter made a rare public appearance in Camden last week to express his support for the policies of the radical leader Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and President Morales in Bolivia.
Helped by two members of the Venezuelan embassy to mount the low platform, Mr Pinter, sat on a chair, and holding his stick recited four of his poems. Then, after a pause and a sip of water, he attacked the “hypocrisy” of the US government for criticising Russia over its infringement of Georgia’s “sovereignty” in the recent war.
He also accused the US of its involvement in the bloody coup in 1973 that toppled the democratically elected Chilean government led by Salvador Allende.
Speaking for a few minutes, Mr Pinter ended by saying how “important” it was for people to continue to “fight for freedom from oppression”.
Mr Pinter had joined a roster of international artists, poets and musicians to commemorate the coup at a special event held in the Bolivar Hall in Grafton Way, Fitzrovia, and to celebrate the wave of radical governments now sweeping Latin America. Some of the speakers, including the poet Carlos Reyes-Manzo, were refugees from that coup 35 years ago.
Writer John Green who organised the event on behalf of the Venezuelan Information Centre, described the coup as “another example of America overthrowing a government they didn’t like.”
He said democracy in Latin America had been damaged by the coup and its aftermath. “There are still scars in the society today from it,” he said.
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