With high expectations, thousands of people are waiting for the closing ceremony of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

02.01.2010 - Las Heras - Nicolás Blanco

Since 10 this morning, contingents of people start to arrive from different countries: Hindus, Africans, people coming from Spain, Chile, Argentina, Italy, Czech Republic, Peru, Finland, among others. As they are waiting for the final closing ceremony of the World March, they are discovering the park with its meditiaiton hall, panoromic view point, plaza of steles, the hermitage and the fountain.

As hours passed, the diversity of the crowd increased, also diverse artistic forms start to appear such as on a hill an improvised gallery, also percussionists, jugglers entertain the crowd and among them a folkloric group from Bolivia “Kaypacha Manta”, representing the Mapuche people, demonstrating their typical dances.

A stage and 2 towers of sound system on a small hill is where the speakers of the World March will speak: Rafael de la Rubia (Spain), spokesperson of the team; Bhairavi Sagar (India), Giorgio Schultze (Italy), spokesperson of Humanism team; Tony Robinson (United Kingdom), and Gemma Suzara (Philippines). Will also speak Pía Figueroa, Director of Pressenza, International News Agency, Sandra Amor, organizer of the March in Mendoza, Argentina and at the end will speak Tomás Hirsch, spokesperson of Humanism for South America.

Juanjo Coscarelli, from Mendoza, member of the commission of the Park Punta de Vacas, inform us about the presence of 500 “helpers” who give information to people about the different parts of the Park, the special areas dedicated to any kind of health issues or assistance, and giving advice to people about special precautions, since this event takes place at an altitude of 2500 meters (7500 feet).

Regarding the difficulties, Coscarelli made a comment that the municipality of Las Herras did not fulfill their commitment to provide a stage, “we had to ask to the provincial government in Upsallata to lend us a stage”.

Referring to the closing of the March, he commented “This is an inspiring moment that came to its maximum potential, this is the first world march in the history of humanity and it is a part of the construction of the Universal Human Nation, for this reason I feel very happy and emotional”. Abraham Lincoln, a youth that traveled to Mendoza from Ghana, commented “The World March is producing a fantastic connection between all the people who lent their support to the project”

During the afternoon, several artistic groups will perform, including the grooup “Pangea” directed by the brasilian choregrapher Sergio Berto, who was one of the choregraphers for Maximiliano Guerra. In the evening, after the speakers, the children`s orchestra “Pequeñas Huellas”, Marcial Aguirre, Victorio Menghi, and the Cumbia group Mezclao, Imperio Diablo, Fauna and Dj Sy will perform.

Located in the chain of the Andes mountains, a spectacular setting, the Park of Study and Reflection “Punta de Vacas” was where the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, an initiative of World Without Wars, an organization of the Humanist Movement, was launched on the 15th of November, 2008, during the first symposium of the International Center of Humanist Studies called ”Ethics in Knowledge”.

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