Maduro and D í az-Canel urge to take advantage of “the new geopolitical situation of the region”

Raúl Castro, Nicolás Maduro y Miguel Díaz-Canel

Raúl Castro, Nicolás Maduro and Miguel Díaz-Canel – VIA REUTERS / HANDOUT.


The presidents of Venezuela and Cuba, Nicolás Maduro and Miguel Díaz-Canel, respectively, have called attention to “the new geopolitical situation in the region”, alluding to the resurgence of leftist governments and social protests in some countries, to avoid “the return of American hegemonism” and curb neoliberalism.

Maduro and D í az-Canel urge to take advantage of “the new geopolitical situation of the region”
Maduro and D í az-Canel urge to take advantage of “the new geopolitical situation of the region”

Maduro recalled on Sunday from the Anti-Imperialist Meeting held these days in Havana the “strong left movement” that emerged years ago around the figures of the then presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and Cuba, Fidel Castro.

He also pointed out how he began to retreat with the dismissals of Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, Fernando Lugo in Paraguay and, later, Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, as well as with the departure of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner from the Casa Rosada and Rafael Correa del Palacio from Carondelet.

“The death of Chávez was a hard blow, because Chávez was the head of a large-scale historical current,” said his successor in the post, according to the official newspaper 'Granma'.

Díaz-Canel, on the other hand, pointed out that the change of political sign allowed “the return of American hegemonism that threatens and acts brutally against governments that consider enemies because they do not share their policies.”

“All the Latin American leaders of the last two decades, victors to some degree of the worst effects of neoliberalism through their social and inclusive policies have been or are being subject to persecution, accusations and even unjust imprisonment,” he said.

Specifically, he referred to the convictions for corruption against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the “media lynching” against Maduro and the renewed sanctions against Cuba.

“After all that, of the strong resistance we have had today, at the end of 2019, we can say that a new geopolitical situation in the region is beginning to form and a new wave has been raised to face neoliberalism,” Maduro said.

In this regard, he noted “three fronts.” On the one hand, that of Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia, which framed in the Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of Our America (ALBA). However, he denounced that his Bolivian counterpart, Evo Morales in Bolivia, is suffering a new onslaught of “the Bolivian right and the United States.” “We see the claim of right-wing forces to skip victory,” said Díaz-Canel.

The second front would be made up of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the elected president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, to whom he attributed “a progressive front that will play a key role in Latin America against neoliberalism.

The last front would be represented by “the popular movements that are on the streets in Brazil, in Ecuador, in Colombia and in Chile.” “In the streets of Our America the protest against the abuses of neoliberalism has been installed (…) I think we all feel that the great malls are opening where free men are already passing to build a better society,” Díaz-Canel celebrated .

The Cuban president defended that, once the “era of confusion” is over, the Latin American left “cannot demobilize again.” “The left has to learn and finally assume the hard lesson of these years of struggle in which the fracture and disunity weakened our forces and the right launched itself into the reconquest and destruction of what was done,” he instructed.

“If we want that common destiny … we must work it out,” Maduro said. “It is necessary to take those paths of courage and dare to break down myths, blackmail and lies. There are good and better times in Latin America. We have enough spiritual strength to continue pushing in our century and nobody will take it away from us,” he urged.

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