From Mexico to Argentina, the Latin American left came out to support the Castro regime after the demonstrations that have shaken Cuba in recent days, bigger than the “Maleconazo” in 1994 and that took the island’s communist government by surprise. The clashes between the protesters and the security forces have already claimed the first life and so far there are more than 150 detainees.
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, he dedicated a few minutes to talk about Cuba during his morning conference from the National Palace, from where he asked to end the economic blockade of Cuba “as is being requested by most of the countries of the world” within the United Nations. AMLO invited those who oppose the removal of the blockade to reflect “because no one should be isolated” and said that “it is a violation of human rights.”
Along the same lines, it was pronounced the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, that rejected the embargo that the United States maintains on Cuba. “There is nothing more inhumane in a pandemic than to economically block a country,” he said, referring to the blockade that the US has maintained since 1962 and which, according to the Cuban government, is the main cause of the island’s economic problems. “When they block a country, what they do is block a society and the one that suffers is not a government, it is a society.” Regarding the wave of protests, Fernández did not condemn the violence or the repression of the authorities and assured that “these things have to be resolved by the peoples.” “I am not the one who has to tell the people what to do, it is not Argentina or any other country in the world,” he stressed.
Venezuela, Havana’s most important international ally, under the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, expressed “all support for President Miguel Díaz-Canel, all support for the people of Cuba, for the revolutionary government of Cuba.” Maduro took the opportunity to compare the US sanctions imposed on Venezuela, which include the oil embargo as well as the prohibition of any US company from doing business with the South American country, with the blockade of Cuba.
«They have applied to Cuba the same method of suffocation, of persecution, for 60 years. Now the North American empire is coming out to speak nonsense, if the United States and the extremist opponents (…) really want to alleviate and help the people of Cuba, that they immediately lift all sanctions and the blockade against the people of Cuba », Maduro stated.
The lackey of Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, Luis ArceHe expressed through his Twitter account his “full support for the Cuban people in their fight against destabilizing actions.” To the message, he added the hashtag #EliminaElBloqueo and said that “the more the Cuban government advances in health and science, the more it faces disinformation and foreign attack.”
The Bolivarian breeze
The governments of the left, allies of Castroism and Bolivarianism, will be just as happy as Diosdado Cabello, who announced more than two years ago that “the Bolivarian breeze” would return to the region and it seems that it is beginning to be noticed.
The former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Twitter that «Cuba could not buy respirators [en la pandemia] due to the inhumane blockade of the United States. According to the leftist leader, “the Americans have to end this grudge. The blockade is a way of killing human beings who are not at war. “What is the United States afraid of?”
The Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, tries to cover the political and economic crisis that the island is experiencing, with electricity and internet cuts, food and medicine shortages, ensuring that the protests have been the result of a campaign by the United States to manipulate the population while the country suffers a harsh situation derived from the Covid-19 pandemic.