Two events this weekend gave the people of El Salvador forums to express their hopes for the future of the country. This weekend the 13th annual meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum took place in San Salvador. This annual event is a gathering of the political left from throughout Latin America and their supporters from other parts of the globe. Hosted this year by the FMLN, the final declaration of the Forum declared itself in steadfast oppostion to neoliberalism, colonialism, and imperialism, and expressed solidarity with the leadership of Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Evo Morales.
Across the city, on Saturday, the government sponsored a major rally and concert to inaugurate the start of 2007 as the Year of Social Peace. With musical acts, speeches from both political leaders and religious leaders, thousands waived flags and enjoyed the event.