From the Diario de Xalapa, 5 May 2010
"Without art and culture, Veracruz is incomplete, the PRI candidate for governor, Javier Duarte de Ocho confirmed, recognizing that art and cultural production are indispensable for the construction of a better state and better citizens. He said that culture is thought of as a right and opportunity for development.
While attending a private meeting with the representatives of the cultural sector, Duarte de Ochoa recognized artists, creators, cultural producers and cultural workers. The recently approve Law for the Cultural Development of Veracruz recognizes the work of everyone from producers to stagehand.
Interviewed at the end of the meeting, the PRI candidate for governor of Veracruz described the meeting as an exchange of ideas which will enrich the subject over the next six years [the term for the governor is six years-- a sexenio -- as it is for the President.] He reognized that the creation of more and better spaces for the development and diffusion of culture was a demand of Veracruzanoss and a necessity so that culture would be converted into a right and an opportunity for development.
He recognized the organization and solidarity of the cultural sector as a force for the defense of rights, freedom of thought and decision, including the rights to organize and protest the cuts which were being attempted at the Federal level. Duarte de Ochoa said that art and culture had always been, from the beginning, and always would be fundamental elements in the cement of a society.
Almost a week after beginning his campaign and almost two months from the election, the standard bearer for the PRI recognized that art and culture are pillars of human development, since only through the creation, promotion and difusion of culture can there be a society committed to progress.
"Human beings are capable of expressing, demonstrating and transmitting the most beautiful, the most noble of their own being and in the case of Veracruzanos, we have creativity in our blood and we share with our rich culture and our distinct cultural manifestations daily. In culture, as in art and in freedom of expression, their always must be respect and toleraance in order to recognize the richness of our differences."