Nicaragua President Danil Ortega (L) and Cuba Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla. Photo by Jairo Cajina

Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, affirmed in Managua that his country regrets the deaths that have occurred in Nicaragua and condemns terrorist acts, while supporting the repeated calls for peace and national dialogue.

During the massive rally commemorating the 39th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution in Managua, Rodríguez said that this position corresponds with the commitment assumed by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to proclaim the region as a Zone of Peace.

Bruno Rodriguez recalled the demand for the full respect for international law, the peaceful solution to controversies, banning threats and the use of force, and the obligation of no intervention, directly or indirectly, in the internal affairs of any sovereign State.

The foreign minister indicated that now the United States government is refining its methods and multiplying its actions of unconventional aggression, to try to overthrow a legitimate government that has worked tirelessly for peace, dignity and the well-being of the Nicaraguan people. He highlighted that in the last 11 years, Nicaragua has achieved high levels of security, outstanding social advances, sustained economic growth rates, a visible development of infrastructure and a peaceful life for its noble and hardworking people.

The hypocrites who now proclaim themselves defenders of democracy in the region, are those who already in this century have executed or supported and financed, under the protection of US imperialism, military or parliamentary-judicial coups and have resorted to violence.

He warned that those are the very ones who lie and manipulate reality, abuse digital technologies and social networks use the monopoly of information to rig elections, sustain corrupt and exploitative political systems, deceive people and confuse the international community.

They have a past of bloody repression through military dictatorships, of mass murders and disappearances of people, and the use of torture in Latin America. There are, he said, those who have powerful and cruel repressive forces that violate human rights, beat demonstrators, abuse anti-terrorist laws to criminalize social protest in class and corrupt courts, which kill and imprison social leaders, journalists and electoral candidates.

“They are the ones who wash money from drug trafficking, organized crime and arms smuggling, those who protect terrorists and vandals and armed groups aimed at subverting order and generating destabilization in the region,” he added.

Rodriguez pointed out that these anti-progressive forces do not dare condemn Donald Trump’s government for separating migrant children from their parents and putting them in cages, while standing silent on the wall against Mexico and Latin America and the Caribbean.

“It is the infamous Organization of American States (OAS), the ‘Yankee Ministry of Colonies’, an old and vulgar instrument of imperialism, burdened by a whole history of complicity with military invasions, foreign interventions, dictatorships and now with the unbridled aggressive, neoliberal policy of American plundering.”

“How can it be possible to pretend that the OAS, in a couple of hours, could attempt to decide the destiny of a people, against the will of millions and the Constitution that the people approved?”  he questioned.

“All of them who now threaten and demand the Government of National Unity and Reconciliation to surrender, instead of defending peace, the right to life, dignity and well-being of Nicaraguan families,” he said. Thousands of Nicaraguans heard his talk gathered in the Plaza de la Fe to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution, wrapped in revolutionary fervor and the desire for peace in the country.

With the presence of the president, Daniel Ortega, and the vice-president, Rosario Murillo, citizens of several regions of the country celebrated the anniversary together with the rhythm of testimonial songs, infected with joy and the characteristic warmth that comes with this country.

The Cuban Foreign Minister also called for support of the right of each state to choose its political system, as well as not to intervene directly or indirectly in the affairs of other governments and to banish any form of violence.

Bruno Rodriguez concluded his talk by saying that, “the people of Marti and Bolivar will never betray the memory of Sandino, we will defend it and those who attack Nicaragua today are the hypocrites, they are the ones who use the monopoly of information to maintain governments corrupt and confuse international public opinion.” He also emphasized that “those who are in charge in Nicaragua are the people, not the OAS, not Donald Trump.

Source: Cubadebate, translation Resumen Latinoamericano, North America bureau

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